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Singapore proposes new carbon emission measures

Out-Law News | 19 Jul 2021 | 9:04 am | 1 min. read

Singapore has set new measures and goals to help it reach its goal of peak carbon emission in 2025.

The measures are part of the sustainability and environment ministry’s new GreenGov.SG plan.

Under the plan all office buildings and facilities will deploy solar photovoltaics "where feasible". The public sector will increase solar energy deployment to 1.5 gigawatt by 2030 which is equivalent to powering over 260,000 homes a year.

All public sector cars will have to be cleaner energy models from 2023. By 2030, the public sector aims to cut energy and water use by 10% from the average of the last three years and to reduce the amount of waste disposed by 30% from 2022 levels.

By 2025, all new and existing public sector buildings will be required to achieve the Green Mark Platinum Super Low Energy standard or equivalent which is the highest rating under the system that evaluates a building’s environmental impact and performance.

The scope of GreenGov.SG will be expanded to include public sector infrastructure and operations, such as public transport infrastructure and healthcare facilities.

According to sustainability and environment minister Grace Fu the Singapore government will also support Singapore companies in the transition via stimulus funding including the Energy Efficiency Fund which was launched in April and the Resource Efficiency Grant for Energy which was launched in October 2020.

Enterprise Sustainability Programme will also support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to use resources more efficiently and develop new green products and solutions. It is part of the Singapore Green Plan 2030 which was launched in February to drive the country’s sustainability agenda in the next 10 years.

Mark Tan of Pinsent Masons MPillay, the Singapore joint law venture between MPillay and Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law, said: “The setting of additional targets for carbon emission and the putting in place of new measures to achieve these targets is a clear indication of Singapore’s commitment in addressing climate change.”

“In particular, it appears that Singapore has set some ambitious targets under its 2030 pledge, and meeting these targets is likely to require concerted efforts by the Singapore government as well as businesses, households and individuals. In this regard, it is encouraging to see that grants and schemes such as the Energy Efficiency Fund and Resource Efficiency Grant for Energy and the Enterprise Sustainability Programme have been progressively rolled out to continue to help drive this initiative forward,” he said.