Everyone can make a difference to fight climate change! Here are 3 simple ways you can reduce your energy usage and carbon emissions.
#1 – Increase your air-conditioner temperature by 1oC
Less energy is used by your air-conditioner when you increase the temperature setting. For every degree raised, you can save an additional $15 a year!
The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), under the Strategy Group, Prime Minister’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.
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:
Like many countries around the world, Singapore is experiencing the effects of climate change.
In recent years, Singapore has seen bouts of high temperatures, intense thunderstorms leading to flash floods, dry spells, and the threat of rising sea levels. These can cause significant damage to homes, businesses and livelihoods globally.
As a low-lying, densely-populated tropical island city-state, we are vulnerable to the effects of climate change and variability.
Here are some examples of how Singapore is experiencing the effects of climate change.
As a low-lying island city-state, Singapore is particularly vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise.
We are already experiencing the impact of climate change, such as more intense rainfall and prolonged dry spells.
By 2100, we could experience:
- Mean sea level rise of up to 1 metre
- An increase in daily mean temperatures as high as 4.6°C, and
- More extreme and intense weather events, which may lead to more frequent floods.
Responding to climate change
Singapore is a small, alternative-energy disadvantaged country with no natural resources. This makes addressing climate change challenging as we have to think and work harder to decarbonise our energy sector.
We took early action to switch to natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel, for our electricity needs. We are also maximising our solar deployment. To overcome our land constraints, we are investing in innovative solar technologies such as floating solar PV systems on our reservoirs and at sea. These will number among the world’s largest when completed.