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Income To Step Up On Its Eco Commitment With ‘Green’ Audit Of Its Annual Eco Run As Race Owner

15 Nov 2016

SINGAPORE, 15 November 2016 – NTUC Income (Income) today announced that it is now the race owner of ‘NTUC Income Run 350’ previously organized by Young NTUC and has changed the name of the environmentally-focused run to ‘Income Eco Run’ starting 2017.

Income Eco Run 2017, which will take place on 30 April 2017 at the F1 Pit Building, will continue to drive the green message amongst runners and people in Singapore at large, calling members of the public to take to the run to show their pledge for green practices.

In fact, Income will up its ante on its green commitment next year by embarking on a detailed ‘green’ audit partnering Green Future Solutions, which helps organizations address environmental challenges and identify green opportunities. Income Eco Run will be the first in its class in Singapore to set environmental benchmarks via the audit for improvements year on year.

The ‘green’ audit will focus on two main areas- waste and energy – culminating in an electronic report which will detail green recommendations for benchmarking setting and improvements subsequently.

The audit perimeters of the Run are as follows.

  • Carbon emissions generated by the use of transport by participants, volunteers and staff
  • Carbon emissions generated from the use of direct electricity and fuel
  • Waste and recyclables generated
  • Water consumption
  • Material usage and responsible sourcing

Mr Marcus Chew, Income’s Chief Marketing Officer, said, “Our role as an insurer is to safeguard the financial future of our customers and help them be future ready. This is consistent with the objective of the Income Eco Run, which is to encourage responsible use of resources so that we and the generations ahead of us have a sustainable future. For this reason, we are proud to take over as race owner of this premier eco-run in Southeast Asia and to spearhead the ‘green’ audit so that future runs can be even more eco-friendly.”

“Just as we consistently strive to change the game of insurance with our many industry-first initiatives, we hope the ‘green’ audit will inspire and encourage others to do more to protect the environment and to generate less waste,” added Mr Chew. 

“We are happy to partner Income in the ‘green’ audit of ‘Income Eco Run 2017’. When completed, it will be the first detailed ‘green’ audit done for any run in Singapore. We acknowledge Income’s commitment to roll out measures to reduce impacts on the environment and we are looking forward to setting meaningful benchmarks for future improvements with this audit.  We hope to see more follow in Income’s footsteps,” said Mr Eugene Tay, Director of Green Future Solutions Group Pte Ltd. Mr Tay is also the Executive Director of Zero Waste SG, a non-governmental organization dedicated to help Singapore accelerate the shift towards zero waste and the circular economy.

Already, several eco-friendly measures had been implemented in previous editions of the Run. Among them were giving out post-run e-certificates, producing finisher medals from recycled metal, using bio diesel fuel for the generators, encouraging runners to bring their own bottles (BYO) to reduce the use of plastic bottles and paper cups. The event also readily offered sorting cans for trash to be recycled and provided bicycle racks on race day to encourage participants to cycle to the Run.

To hit home the message on reduce, reuse and recycle, Income Eco Run 2017 will introduce the ‘Zero-Waste Runner’. As a ‘Zero-Waste Runner’, participants will not receive a finisher tee and race medal to help reduce wastage from producing race entitlements. The registration to be a Zero-Waste runner is limited to the first 1,000 participants. They will be recognized as ‘Zero-Waste Runner’ with a special silkscreened symbol on their race tee and given a BYO bottle.

Next year’s run will also see the introduction of the 10km team category. In this race category, runners are encouraged to take part in teams of four and run in support of zero waste and a sustainable environment together. Other categories that runners can sign up for are the 21.1km Half Marathon Competitive (Individual), the 10km Competitive Run (Individual), the 10km Competitive Run (Mixed Team) and the 800 metres Kids Dash for children aged 4 to 12 years old.

As part of the eco movement, Income will be partnering a Farmers’ Market to feature eco-friendly and local produce during the Race Entitlement Pack Collection (REPC) dates. Through this partnership, they aim to educate and encourage those in attendance to pick up healthy and environmentally-friendly practices and eating habits.

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