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16 Dec 2019
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16 Dec 2019<br /> <br /> <strong><em>More Singaporeans aware of climate change and are prepared to do more</em></strong><br /> <br /> The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), under the Strategy Group, Prime Minister&rsquo;s Office, conducted a survey from May to July 2019 to gauge public perception and views on climate change. About 1,000 Singapore residents aged 15 and above were interviewed face-to-face for their views. This survey has been conducted by the Government once every two years since 2011.<br /> <br /> The survey found that over 90 per cent of Singapore residents are aware of climate change and its impact; and close to 80 per cent are prepared to do more to fight climate change. Key findings from the 2019 survey are:&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>a) Higher public awareness of climate change and its impact:&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> &bull; More than 9 in 10 (94.9 per cent) have heard of, read, or come across the terms &ldquo;Climate Change&rdquo; and &ldquo;Global Warming&rdquo;, up from 89.5 per cent&nbsp; in 2017 and 80.6 per cent&nbsp; in 2015.<br /> <br /> &bull; Most respondents are also aware of the impact of climate change, such as disrupting ecosystems (95.3 per cent), increased vulnerability to heat stress and diseases (93.7 per cent), and problems caused by rising sea levels (93.4 per cent).<br /> <br /> <strong>b) Strong support for Singapore to shift to low carbon economy:&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> &bull; More than 9 in 10 (95.4 per cent) support Singapore making a shift to a low carbon economy.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &bull; About 8 in 10 (78.2 per cent) are prepared to play their part towards a low carbon Singapore, even if they are expected to bear some additional costs and inconvenience as consumers.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>c) More individuals are taking climate-friendly actions. Most are motivated to preserve a liveable world for future generations:</strong><br /> <br /> &bull; More than 6 in 10 (60.9 per cent) strongly believe that individual action makes a difference in fighting climate change.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &bull; More respondents are taking climate-friendly actions such as conserving water (90.7 per cent, up from 85.8 per cent in 2017), reducing food wastage and tracking food expiration (79.7 per cent, up from 77.6 per cent in 2017), and switching off electrical appliances at the wall socket (91 per cent, same as 2017).<br /> <br /> &bull; &ldquo;Preserving a liveable world for future generations&rdquo; is respondents&rsquo; top reason to perform climate-friendly actions.<br /> <br /> &bull; More than 8 in 10 (84.8 per cent) strongly believe that climate change is already happening and will affect our future generations if we do nothing. However, only about half of them (48.3 per cent) know what to do to help address climate change.<br /> <br /> <strong>d) Collective action is needed: </strong>Respondents believe that Government, Businesses and Individuals all have a part to play in tackling climate change. Respondents also view Community Groups and Non-governmental Organisations as having a part to play in tackling climate change.<br /> <br /> Addressing climate change is a whole-of-society effort, and requires the Government, Businesses, the Community and Individuals to work together. The Government will continue to encourage collective climate action, and work closely with businesses and citizens to co-create solutions to build a resilient and sustainable Singapore.<br /> <br /> Details of findings can be found in <a href="https://www-nccs-gov-sg-admin.cwp.sg/docs/default-source/publications/pps-infographic-final.pdf">this infographic</a>&nbsp;(1.21mb).&nbsp;<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div>

Parliamentary reply by SM Teo Chee Hean on Singapore’s commitment to address climate change
4 Nov 2019
Parliamentary Replies

<p><strong>Ms Anthea Ong:</strong></p> <p>To ask the Prime Minister following the SG Climate Rally where our youths called for peak emissions by 2020, halved emissions by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050, (a) whether the Government is (i) including carbon emission reductions and economic decarbonisation targets in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to be updated by 2020 (ii) enhancing our upcoming NDC to reflect its highest possible ambition (iii) declaring a climate emergency to highlight the severity of the climate crisis and (iv) setting a timeline for Singapore to reach net zero emissions.</p> <p><strong>Mr Teo Chee Hean (for the Prime Minister):</strong></p> <p>Singapore recognises that climate change is a global and national existential issue and there is urgency for all countries to take climate action. Singapore&rsquo;s Emissions Intensity (EI), i.e. greenhouse gas emissions per dollar of GDP, is currently one of the lowest in the world. This is the result of choosing environmentally responsible policies as we developed, for example our vehicle control and use measures; and converting almost completely to the use of natural gas for electricity generation instead of fuel oil since the early 2000s. In comparison, many developed and developing countries are still using significant amounts of coal for electricity generation, and motor-vehicle fuel is still subsidised in several countries in our region. </p> <p>We are continuing to do our part to address greenhouse gas emissions. We have pledged in our Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) that by 2030, we will further reduce our EI by 36% from 2005 levels. We also aim to peak our emissions at 65 million tonne of CO<sub>2 </sub>equivalent around 2030. This commitment was made after carefully assessing our circumstances, and what we are able to do. </p> <p>Singapore&rsquo;s NDC is ambitious, given our circumstances. We are a small, highly urbanised city-state, and our small land area, lack of great rivers, and low and variable wind speeds limit our ability to deploy nuclear and renewable energy sources such as hydro, wind and solar energy. Nonetheless, we seek to push the bounds of innovation such as deploying floating solar photovoltaic systems on our reservoirs and offshore to make up for shortage of land area to deploy them. Such innovations have given us confidence to raise our level of ambition, to double our solar deployment target from 1 Gigawatt peak (GWp) beyond 2020 to at least 2 GWp by 2030. At this level, solar power will be able to meet around 4% of our current annual electricity needs. </p> <p>Achieving our NDC will require significant whole-of-nation effort. We constantly encourage businesses and individuals to be more energy efficient. We amended the Energy Conservation Act in 2017 to require large industrial emitters to implement good energy management practices. Our policies aim to help our industries, such as petro-chemicals and electronics, be among the best-in-class globally so that we can be a responsible supplier of such products. This year, we implemented an enhanced set of Industry Energy Efficiency schemes. The government is also making major investments to enhance public transport and active mobility infrastructure so that, by 2040, 9 in 10 of all peak period journeys will be made on &ldquo;walk, cycle and ride&rdquo; transport modes, where &ldquo;ride&rdquo; refers to public and shared transport. &nbsp;We were the first to implement an economy-wide carbon tax in our region and did so without exemptions. &nbsp;</p> <p>We are studying how further advances in technology can help Singapore transit earlier to a lower carbon future, and exploring the feasibility of working towards net zero emissions. For example, the government has commissioned studies to evaluate the opportunities and challenges of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), and &ldquo;green&rdquo; hydrogen, and recommend next steps for Singapore. We will also work with industry and our research community to explore pilot projects and implement research and development initiatives to improve their feasibility, and to develop the necessary frameworks to support adoption when these solutions become economically viable.</p> <p>Climate change is a global issue that requires a global response, and we are committed to work with the international community to address this urgent challenge. For Singapore to do our full part, the government cannot do it alone. We are heartened that Singaporeans, especially our youth, care deeply about this issue. A recent survey by the National Climate Change Secretariat also showed that most Singaporeans understand the importance of the issue, and are prepared to take climate-friendly actions in their daily lives to address the issue. Saving electricity, using public transport and reducing waste are practical ways for Singaporeans to cut carbon emissions. We will continue to work closely with businesses, the community and individuals to do more to tackle climate change together.</p>

Government seeks views on Singapore’s Long-Term Low Emissions Strategy
16 Jul 2019
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<p>The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), under the Strategy Group, Prime Minister&rsquo;s Office, has launched a public consultation exercise from 16 July 2019 to 30 August 2019 on Singapore&rsquo;s low carbon emissions strategy beyond 2030.</p> <p>This long term strategy will build on Singapore&rsquo;s on-going effort to achieve its pledge under the Paris Agreement, where it has committed to reduce its emissions intensity by 36 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, and stabilise emissions with the aim of peaking around 2030. The public consultation aims to draw views that could contribute towards Singapore&rsquo;s long-term low emissions strategy, and to a sustainable environment for Singaporeans and Singapore.</p> <p>As a small, low-lying island city-state, Singapore is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Rising sea levels, changes to our rainfall patterns, and increasing temperatures will affect our health, water supply, biodiversity and greenery, and coastline, among other things. It is a global challenge, and Singapore needs to do our part by further reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and embarking on a transition to a low-carbon future.</p> <p><strong>Consultation Details</strong></p> <p>The public consultation seeks views on measures and actions that can be taken by the Government, businesses, households, and individuals towards becoming a low carbon global city-state. The key areas where views are sought are as follows:</p> <p>i) Improving energy efficiency across all sectors<br /> ii) Encouraging responsible climate action through carbon pricing<br /> iii) Reducing emissions from power generation, increasing alternative energy sources<br /> iv) Deploying emerging low-carbon technologies<br /> v) Encouraging collective climate action<br /> vi) Tapping on green growth opportunities</p> <p>The online public consultation will take place between 16 July 2019 to 30 August 2019. Members of the public are invited to view the consultation papers on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.reach.gov.sg/">www.reach.gov.sg</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nccs.gov.sg/">www.nccs.gov.sg</a>&nbsp;and submit their views or feedback to any of the questions at nccs_contact@pmo.gov.sg.</p> <p>A summary of the feedback received will be released at the end of the consultation exercise on REACH and the NCCS website. The Government will take the feedback into consideration in determining the key strategies to enable Singapore&rsquo;s long-term low emissions strategy.</p>

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Last updated 16 Dec 2019