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Alliance for Action on Sustainable Spaces Launches “Low Formaldehyde Commitment Statement” to Spur Greater Supply and Adoption of Low-emitting Solutions for Indoor Spaces

Monday, 11 April 2022 [Singapore]  – Today, the Alliance for Action on Sustainable Spaces (AfA) officially launched the “Low Formaldehyde Commitment Statement”, witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies Heng Swee Keat during a company visit to LivinWall Pte Ltd (Gush). Gush is a homegrown startup offering paints that break down formaldehyde in the air, and is one of the companies that have come onboard the Commitment Statement.

Jointly formed by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC), and Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) in November last year, the AfA seeks to bring together stakeholders across different sectors to create and enhance sustainable spaces. Supported by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and the National Environment Agency (NEA), the AfA also aims to help solution providers and adopters seize opportunities in the green economy.

In support of the Singapore Green Plan 2030, the “Low Formaldehyde Commitment Statement” is the AfA’s effort to raise public awareness on the need for lower formaldehyde emissions indoors and to present new opportunities for suppliers of sustainable products and services that can improve wellness and quality of living. Formaldehyde is a pungent chemical that is commonly emitted from building products and household furnishings. Products containing formaldehyde can release formaldehyde particles into the air, which is hazardous to health at high levels of exposure. Formaldehyde is a pollutant that is 500 times smaller than ultrafine particles (<0.1 micron or PM0.1), making it particularly difficult to capture and eradicate if left undetected.

To date, 75 Commitment Statement partners have pledged to supply or adopt low or no formaldehyde products and solutions. They include real estate developers, consultants, contractors, facilities managers, government agencies, furniture and furnishing suppliers, institutes of higher learning, and trade associations and chambers. The full list of Commitment Statement Partners is in Annex A.

At the company visit to Gush, DPM Heng engaged in a fireside chat with the AfA members and witnessed the official launch of the Commitment Statement. He said, “The AfA and the Commitment Statement are testament to the fruitful collaboration between businesses and government to nurture innovative products and set new industry guidelines for formaldehyde emissions. This will contribute to our collective efforts to build an even more liveable and sustainable Singapore. I look forward to the AfA’s work in creating sustainable spaces for all of us to live, work and play in.”

AfA Spokesperson and SBF CEO Mr Lam Yi Young said, “The AfA is an industry-initiated effort to increase awareness of the importance of incorporating sustainable solutions indoors and showcase the many homegrown sustainable products that are available locally. The AfA’s objectives are two-fold: to encourage more consumers to adopt sustainable solutions and through which, help Singapore companies offering these solutions to grow. We are glad to bring industry partners together to collaborate on this meaningful initiative.”

Co-founder and CEO of Gush, Lester Leong said, "The Low Formaldehyde Commitment Statement launched by the AfA marks a pivotal milestone - the recognition of the importance of indoor air quality and is an inspirational endeavour between government and forward-thinking businesses in delivering healthier buildings for all. We hope that the new industry standards will empower residents and businesses to take control of their home and indoor spaces by sourcing for and prioritising innovative sustainable solutions that ensure health and wellness of occupants. If done well here in Singapore, these standards can certainly serve as a model to be exported to the world."

Annex A: List of Partner Organisations onboard the Commitment Statement

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