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Sustainability Think Tanks & Advocacy Groups 


Think tanks and advocacy groups conduct research and analysis to highlight specific issues and often engage in public outreach and education. As such, they frequently publish high-quality information and reports intended to raise awareness in their areas of interest. The links below are a selection of some of the leading think tanks and advocacy groups in Singapore and worldwide which are focused on sustainability or have published research in the field.

From Singapore

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A platform established by Temasek Holdings for engagement and advocacy in sustainability. It works with global leaders from the private and public sectors, academia and civil society to exchange views, share best practices and push the agenda on sustainable development.

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Singapore Environment Council (SEC)

Established in 1995 as an independently managed, non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO), the SEC aims to influence thinking on sustainability issues and coordinate environmental efforts in Singapore and the region. It engages the community by formulating and executing a range of holistic programmes and also provides training and education for the people, public and private sectors through themed talks, experiential environment trails, and workshops. Noteworthy reports published by the SEC include: 

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Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) 

Centred around ASEAN focused themes, the SIIA aims to deliver policy analysis in international affairs and on issues driving environmental sustainability. It organises an annual Singapore Dialogue in Sustainable World Resources, and also publishes commentaries and reports on topics related to sustainability such as green finance, haze issues, palm oil and sustainable infrastructure.

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Sustainability in Singapore

A user engagement training programme created by Global Action Plan on behalf of the Building and Construction Authority and the Singapore Green Building Council. It aims to support organisations in Singapore to reduce their carbon impact, and improve their overall sustainability as well as employee well-being through behaviour change.

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Women in Sustainability & Environment (WISE)

A registered Singapore society under the Registrar of Societies, WISE was officially launched in November 2021. It is the first women’s society in Singapore formed to focus concerted gender action towards Singapore’s Green Plan 2030 and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The mission of WISE is primarily focused on SDG 12 – responsible consumption and production patterns.

From Europe

Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics

An international institute for global sustainability that aims to promote a deeper understanding of the interplay between ecological systems and social and economic development in relation to sustainability.

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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Undertakes research to support innovation in sustainable business and policy practice. It focuses on six cross-cutting themes critical to the delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: sustainable finance, economic innovation, inclusive development, natural capital, future cities and leadership.

Environmental Coalition on Standards

An international non-governmental organization with a network of members and experts advocating for environmentally friendly technical standards, policies and laws. thumbnail

An environmental news and data platform that aims to illustrate the repercussions of climate change on human habitat. It also produces an annual Global Sustainability Index which is derived from global indexes on pollution, climate change, policy, energy, oceans and biodiversity.

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Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

Works to identify ways in which fundamental natural resources can be used sustainably for the well-being of humans and the environment.

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Stockholm Environment Institute

An international non-profit research and policy organization focused on environment and development challenges.

From the US

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A non-profit organization working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.

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Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES)

A nonprofit organization that aims to integrate sustainability into capital markets. It launched the global standard for corporate sustainability reporting, now known as Global Reporting Initiative, in 1997.

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The Climate Reality Project

Recruits, trains and mobilizes people of all walks of life to work for just climate solutions that speed energy transition worldwide.

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Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

A non-profit organization that aims to advance science-based solutions for climate change, energy, and environmental challenges in order to achieve a sustainable, resilient, and equitable world.

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Resources for the Future

An independent, nonprofit research institution that aims to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement.

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Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

A national nonprofit organization founded more than 50 years ago by scientists and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It seeks to combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

International Think Tanks & Advocacy Groups

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A global network of independent campaigning organizations that use peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

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International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES)

A non-governmental and a non-profit scientific organization that promotes a multidisciplinary approach to sustainability.

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International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

An independent policy and action research organization that promotes sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which these livelihoods are built. Its Publications Library contains almost 7,500 IIED publications, the vast majority of which are available to download free of charge.

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International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

The IISD is an independent think tank which seeks to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resources, and fair economies. It publishes reports, briefs, guides and other materials covering sustainable development themes.

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International Society for Development and Sustainability (ISDS)

An association dedicated to research, development, consultation, training, and publication in all areas related to sustainable development.

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International Society for Ecological Economics

Aims to foster transformation towards an equitable and ecologically sustainable society through education, research, policy and social action.

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Representing the education and training portfolio of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the SDG Academy provides free, open educational resources on sustainable development.

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World Resources Institute

A global research organization that works with governments, businesses, multilateral institutions and civil society groups to develop practical solutions that improve people’s lives and ensure nature can thrive. Its work is organized around seven global challenges: Food, Forests, Water, Energy, Climate, the Ocean and Cities.