Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) has launched a multi-pronged sustainability roadmap that aligns with the mission of Singapore Green Plan 2030. The roadmap reveals goals to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and to become a certified sustainable tourism destination accredited by Global Sustainable Tourism Council in 2022.
SDC’s CEO Thien Kwee Eng said that the Sustainable Sentosa roadmap is a collective effort undertaken by SDC and its island partners. This initiative brings together Singapore’s first carbon neutrality-focused business alliance comprising 17 founding members, including Capella Hotel Singapore, Far East Hospitality Management Singapore, Mount Faber Leisure and Resorts World Sentosa. These 17 members account for more than 90% of the island’s estimated carbon profile, which would bring about the largest reductions in Sentosa’s carbon emissions.
Tan Hee Teck, CEO of Resorts World Sentosa emphasised the importance of sustainable tourism in rebooting the economy: “Sustainability will be a megatrend; with 81% of global travellers intending to stay in sustainable accommodation, and 76% seeking those with third-party sustainability accreditation.” He added that reports on these statistics had revealed travelling and spending on experiences are aligned with personal values, particularly in regards to luxury travel and local experiences that are authentic and empowering.
Island offerings will be boosted by a series of sustainability themed tours to be progressively launched from December. These tours will introduce visitors to the unique heritage, biodiversity and nature in Sentosa as well as the rustic-eco charm of the Southern Islands.
To make it a seamless journey for visitors, SDC will introduce a new ferry jetty at Sentosa Cove Village that provides direct access to the wider Southern Islands archipelago. It is expected to be operational from December. As part of these new experiences, guests can look forward to exploring St John’s and Lazarus Islands on rented bicycles and enjoy glamping amidst nature. They may even potentially enjoy the convenience of food deliveries via drone.
SDC is also focusing on greening businesses and guest experiences, with new guidelines to be rolled out next year to reduce disposables, increase locally-sourced produce and adopt renewable energy solutions. Sentosa will also offer green options for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions (MICE) and wedding packages by 2022, which will include options to neutralise the events’ carbon footprints.
The strategies outlined in SDC’s carbon neutrality goal include harnessing renewable energy from solar and tidal sources and waste-to-energy generation, which translate into the potential to offset emissions of about 300,000 hotel room nights. Other goals are to progressively convert to electric modes of transportation and to have all SDC-owned buildings certified as Green Mark Platinum Super Low Energy.