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Singapore, 21 September 2023 - ST Engineering planted 100 research trees today to commemorate LKY1001, honouring the vision of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister for a green and sustainable Singapore. Comprising seedlings of native tree species propagated through tissue culture by research institute Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) as well as native tree species provided by social enterprise City Sprouts, these species will contribute to afforestation studies on the impact of carbon sequestration in Singapore.

The tree planting activity at the Gaea Forest Research Plot in City Sprouts@Punggol, was held during ST Engineering’s Green Day event involving 300 employees. ST Engineering has pledged a total of $1 million over five years towards this annual tree planting activity, contributing to Singapore’s City in Nature vision.

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, Heng Swee Keat, was the Guest-of-Honour at the event. He said, “Mr Lee Kuan Yew sowed the seeds for a green and sustainable city when he launched the first nationwide tree planting campaign in 1963 and introduced the ‘Garden City’ vision in 1967. Today, Singapore is a City in Nature, providing a beautiful and highly liveable environment for our people, while also strengthening our resilience against the effects of climate change. I hope that we will continue to honour Mr Lee’s legacy through initiatives like these, and tap on technology and innovation to build a brighter tomorrow for our future generations."

Vincent Chong, Group President and CEO of ST Engineering, said, “Today’s Green Day event holds special significance on several fronts. Firstly, the tree planting activity honours Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s vision and legacy of a green and liveable city. Secondly, beyond helping to restore our native forests and greening our environment, we are also contributing to research that will generate deeper insights on carbon sequestration, biodiversity and climate change. Finally, our event aims to foster employee participation and engagement through a meaningful cause and drive greater awareness around environmental stewardship.”

As part of the Group’s Green Day event, sustainability-focused workshops and a biodiversity trek were also held to heighten employee awareness on the importance of biodiversity and the urgent need to combat climate change. The Green Day event adds to other activities organised by ST Engineering’s businesses around the world to foster an eco-conscious culture, including community and beach clean-ups, nature treks, as well as biodiversity webinars.

 

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1LKY100 is an initiative that honours the birth centenary of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding Prime Minister. Known as Singapore’s Chief Gardener, Mr Lee introduced the ‘Garden City’ vision in 1967 to transform Singapore into a city with abundant greenery and a clean environment.

Annex: Information on afforestation studies and trees planted

DPM Heng, together with ST Engineering Chairman Teo Ming Kian and Group President & CEO Vincent Chong, planted a native tree (Shorea leprosula) in commemoration of LKY100.
DPM Heng visited the tech showcase at ST Engineering’s Green Day event, featuring technologies such as TeLEOS-2, which supports environmental monitoring, natural resource management and climate/weather studies.
DPM Heng at ST Engineering’s Green Day event.

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Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) is a beneficiary of Temasek Trust. Its vision is to build a preeminent organisation of global talent to undertake cutting-edge, bio-molecular science research and applications to benefit people in Asia and beyond. TLL focuses primarily on understanding the cellular mechanisms that underlie the development and physiology of plants, fungi and animals. Research is carried out in a range of life science disciplines, to uncover new translatable knowledge that secure a safer and more sustainable environment.

City Sprouts is a social enterprise that rejuvenates urban spaces and develops educational programmes, bringing together socially-minded individuals and businesses to create communities that inform, educate and support action on social and environmental issues. City Sprouts’ Adopt-a-Tree programme is an afforestation project launched in May 2023 and encourages community involvement. It applies the world-renowned Miyawaki Method which aims to rapidly restore forested areas through planting of native forests on very degraded soils. Under this programme, carefully selected native trees are planted to study the effectiveness of afforestation efforts, how it impacts carbon sequestration and local biodiversity. Community members are encouraged to incorporate sustainable practices into their daily lives by offering an immersive and interactive experience. This fosters a better understanding of the significance of urban green spaces, biodiversity conservation, and the vital role that forests play in mitigating climate change and enhancing air quality.

 

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