Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment

The Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE; Malay: Kementerian Kemampanan dan Sekitaran; Chinese: 永续发展与环境部; Tamil: நீடித்த நிலைத்தன்மை, சுற்றுப்புற அமைச்சு) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies related to the environment, water and food of Singapore.

Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment
Agency overview
Formed1972; 50 years ago (1972)
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
Headquarters40 Scotts Road #24-00, Environment Building, Singapore 228231
MottoSustainable Singapore
Employees4,493 (2018)[1]
Annual budgetIncrease S$2.75 billion (2019)[1]
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Stanley Loh,
    Permanent Secretary
  • Amy Hing,
    Deputy Secretary
  • Eugene Leong,
    Deputy Secretary
Child agencies
Environment Building on Scotts Road, headquarters of the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment.


The Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) was established in 1972 as the Ministry of the Environment (ENV). It was later renamed the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) in 2004. On 25 July 2020, the Ministry was renamed to Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment.[2]


The Ministry is responsible for providing a quality living environment and a high standard of public health, protected against the spread of communicable diseases. It also has to ensure a clean and hygienic living environment, as well as managing the complete water cycle – from sourcing, collection, purification and supply of drinking water; to the treatment of used water and recycling into NEWater; desalination; as well as storm water drainage.[citation needed] Since 1 April 2019, it also handles food issues through the Singapore Food Agency.[3][4]

Organisational structureEdit

The Ministry oversees three statutory boards – the National Environment Agency (NEA), Public Utilities Board (PUB), and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).[5][6][7]


The Ministry is headed by the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment, who is appointed as part of the Cabinet of Singapore. The incumbent minister is Grace Fu.

Portrait Minister Term start Term end Political party Ref.
Minister for the Environment
Lim Kim San 1972 1975   People's Action Party
Edmund William Barker 1975 1979
Lim Kim San 1979 1981
Ong Pang Boon 1981 1985
Ahmad Mattar 1985 1993
  Mah Bow Tan 7 July 1993 16 April 1995
  Teo Chee Hean 17 April 1995 (interim) 14 January 1996
15 January 1996 24 January 1997
Yeo Cheow Tong 25 January 1997 2 June 1999
Lee Yock Suan 3 June 1999 30 September 2000
  Lim Swee Say 1 October 2000 (interim) 22 November 2001
23 November 2001 11 August 2004
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
  Yaacob Ibrahim 12 August 2004 20 May 2011   People's Action Party
  Vivian Balakrishnan 21 May 2011 30 September 2015
  Masagos Zulkifli 1 October 2015 26 July 2020 [8]
Minister for Sustainability and the Environment
  Grace Fu 27 July 2020 Incumbent   People's Action Party [9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Singapore Budget" (PDF).
  2. ^ "PMO | Changes to Cabinet and Other Appointments (July 2020)". 26 July 2020.
  3. ^ Auto, Hermes (26 July 2018). "New stat board Singapore Food Agency to be formed in April 2019; AVA will cease to exist | The Straits Times". Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  4. ^ "New agency launched to strengthen food security and safety, from farm to fork". April 2019.
  5. ^ "NEA". Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  6. ^ "PUB". Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Singapore Food Agency". Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  8. ^ Ong, Justin (28 September 2015). "Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announces Singapore's new Cabinet". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  9. ^ Mahmud, Aqil Haziq (25 July 2020). "PM Lee announces new Cabinet; 6 office holders promoted, 3 retirements". CNA. Archived from the original on 25 July 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2020.

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