COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY 2020

BUILDING A CLIMATE-RESILIENT SINGAPORE, AND A SUSTAINABLE AND LIVEABLE HOME

As a small island city-state, Singapore is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. It is crucial that Singapore continues to strengthen efforts to meet the long-term challenges of climate change.


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Taking Climate Action

We have put in place a comprehensive suite of measures to reduce carbon emissions across all sectors. This includes the implementation of a carbon tax, efforts to improve industrial energy efficiency, and the greening of our transport. We are introducing further measures to mitigate climate change.

a) Reducing the emission of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

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A package of mitigation measures will be introduced to reduce the emission of hydrofluorocarbons. The proper recovery, reclamation and destruction of spent refrigerants will be mandated, along with restrictions on equipment using HFCs with high global warming potential.

b) Encouraging climate-friendly choices

A S$24.8 million Climate-Friendly Household Package will be introduced to help households living in 1- to 3-room flats purchase energy-efficient appliances and water-efficient shower fittings.

c) Green waterworks

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PUB will be deploying floating solar PV systems at Bedok, Lower Seletar, and Tengeh Reservoirs by 2021. With this, Singapore will be one of the few countries in the world to have 100% green waterworks.

d) Reducing vehicular emissions

To support the shift to cleaner commercial vehicles, a new Commercial Vehicle Emissions Scheme will be introduced for new Light Goods Vehicles. The Early Turnover Scheme (ETS) will also be enhanced to encourage the early turnover of existing pollutive commercial vehicles.

e) Coastal protection

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PUB will take on the role of the nation Coastal Protection Agency from April 2020, to lead national efforts across the public and private sector. A Coastal and Flood Protection Fund will be set up within PUB, with an initial funding of $5 billion from the Ministry of Finance.