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As the world grapples with the pressing challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, there has never been a more crucial time than today to embrace sustainable practices in your business practise. For businesses, both large and small, transitioning to a green and environmentally responsible approach is not just a moral obligation but also a smart economic choice.

The government’s role in facilitating this transition for SME owners is pivotal, and the Enterprise Financing Scheme – Green (EFS-G) is a shining example to enable better access to green financing for this 3 types of enterprises : Project Developers, System Integrators and Technology & Solution Enablers. The 3 types of enterprises will develop, manufacture and enable technologies and solutions to reduce waste, resource use or greenhouse gas emissions which will results in a position environmental impact.


The Imperative of Going Green

The urgency of going green cannot be overstated. Our planet is facing an environmental crisis, with climate change, air and water pollution, and resource depletion threatening not only the environment but also human health and well-being. Recognizing this, businesses of all sizes are increasingly taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint. This transition is crucial for several reasons:

  1. Environmental Responsibility: Businesses have a role to play in preserving our planet’s health. By adopting sustainable practices, they can reduce their carbon emissions, minimize waste, and protect biodiversity.
  2. Competitive Advantage: Going green is more than just a moral obligation; it’s also a business strategy. Consumers are increasingly conscious of a company’s environmental impact and often favor eco-friendly products and services.
  3. Cost Savings: Sustainability practices can lead to significant cost reductions. Energy-efficient operations, waste reduction, and resource optimization can improve a company’s bottom line.
  4. Regulatory Compliance: Many countries are implementing stricter environmental regulations. By proactively adopting green practices, businesses can stay ahead of compliance requirements.

The Enterprise Financing Scheme – Green (EFS-G) By Enterprise Singapore

Recognizing the importance of supporting businesses in their sustainability efforts, the government plays a critical role in facilitating the transition. The Enterprise Financing Scheme – Green (EFS-G) by Enterprise Singapore is one scheme that focuses on providing financial support to SMEs pursuing green growth projects such as Clean Energy, Circular Economy, Green Infrastructure and Clean Transportation. It is an integral part of the broader ecosystem that encourages businesses to adopt eco-friendly practices.


Eligibility Criteria for EFS-Green

The 3 types of eligible enterprises must:

    • be a business entity that is registered and physically present in Singapore,
    • have at least 30% local equity held directly or indirectly by Singaporean(s) and/or Singapore PR(s), determined by the ultimate individual ownership,
    • have group annual sales turnover of not more than S$500 million,
    • and meet the four qualifying sector below.
    1. Clean Energy & Decarbonisation
    2. Circular Economy & Resource Optimisation
    3. Green Infrastructure
    4. Clean Transportation (Land, Sea and Air)

Benefits of EFS-G for SMEs

The EFS-G offers several advantages to SMEs that are committed to adopting environmentally friendly practices:

  1. Affordable Financing: SMEs can access green loans at preferential interest rates, reducing the overall cost of their green projects.
  2. Extended Tenures: Longer repayment periods allow SMEs to manage their cash flows more effectively and reduce the financial burden associated with green initiatives.
  3. Enhanced Market Competitiveness: With green certification and sustainable practices, SMEs can differentiate themselves in the market, attract environmentally conscious consumers, and gain a competitive edge.
  4. Regulatory Compliance: SMEs can meet and exceed environmental regulations, avoiding potential fines and penalties.
  5. Sustainability for the Future: Investing in green projects today ensures a sustainable and environmentally responsible future for SMEs and society as a whole.


The importance of going green cannot be overstated in a world where environmental challenges are becoming increasingly pressing. SMEs play a vital role in this transition, and government support through initiatives like the Enterprise Financing Scheme – Green (EFS-G) is instrumental in facilitating this change. The EFS-G offers affordable financing, encourages sustainable practices, and ensures that SMEs can thrive in a future where environmental responsibility is not just a choice but a necessity. Embracing the green wave is not only a moral obligation but a sound business strategy for SMEs seeking to remain competitive and resilient in a rapidly changing world. If you would like to know whether your upcoming projects is suitable for this, do contact us and we will advise you accordingly.