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Singapore pledges to cut carbon emissions by 2030

Singapore is aiming for a 36 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

Singapore’s National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) has revealed the Singapore Climate Action Plan, its strategy for slashing greenhouse gas emissions by over one-third.

The island city-state is specifically aiming to reduce emissions by 36 percent by 2030, with 2005 levels serving as the baseline for measurement.  

The NCCS stated:  “Improving energy efficiency will continue to be Singapore’s key strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and plans have been made to expand the scope of current initiatives across all sectors, namely the power generation, industry, buildings, transport, household, waste and water sectors.”

Singapore’s President, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, launched the climate action plan at the opening ceremony of the World Cities Summit, the Singapore International Water Week and the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, held at Marina Bay Sands on 10 July.

“The Climate Action Plan outlines bold steps that Singapore is taking to achieve our 2030 carbon mitigation plan, as well as to strengthen our resilience to climate change," said Dr Tan.

"We will reduce emissions from power generation, by raising solar power in our system to a 350MW peak by 2020, an 18 times increase as compared to 2014. This would constitute about five percent of Singapore’s expected peak electricity demand."

Singapore will also seek to reduce carbon emissions by improving infrastructure and encouraging the use of public transportation.

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