Singapore’s focus on sustainable development has received another boost with the launch earlier this month of the first carbon-neutral building in the Asia Pacific. City Developments, one of Singapore’s largest real estate developers, made extensive use of recycled materials to complement an energy efficient design to lower their carbon footprint in constructing the Tampines Concourse office building located in the eastern part of the island. In a further voluntary initiative they also bought carbon credits from 3 VCS-accredited projects in China to offset carbon dioxide emissions during construction and the first year of operation. With limited natural resources, a mostly gas-fired power sector and the majority of its emissions coming from manufacturing, transport and building, Singapore is currently focusing on incentives to encourage sustainable development in these sectors.