The Straits Times reporter wins Siemens journalism award

SINGAPORE - The Straits Times journalist Grace Chua has emerged as one of the winners of the Siemens Green Technology Journalism Award 2013.

Seven journalists from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges who are industry, academic and media experts in the fields of environmentalism, sustainability and green technology, said Siemens in a press release.

The winners were recognised for their exemplary media reports on issues relating to how the application of green technology is providing answers to the challenges of mega-trends such as climate change, demographic change, globalisation and urbanisation.

Ms Chua's commentary piece, "Towards a robust clean air strategy", wowed the judges as an informative discourse on the evolving clear air strategy in Singapore.

"It covered a wide spectrum of causes and effects of air pollution, strategies proposed by academics, as well as measures taken to manage air pollution by the government and private sector," said Siemens.

Ms Chua wins for herself a cash prize of S$1,000 and a trip to London for the award ceremony, and to participate in the C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards & Conference.

CEO of Siemens ASEAN-Pacific, Mr Lothar Herrmann said: "Siemens hopes to encourage more journalists to write about such pressing issues, so that more people in this region will gain better understanding on the profound effects of the mega-trends affecting our world today, and learn how they can do their part to support a more sustainable world."