Going Green — Transforming Transport

From cleaner vehicles on the road to an expanded rail network, Singapore is firmly on track to a more sustainable transport system.

Often lauded for its affordable, efficient and highly-interconnected public transport network, Singapore is certainly well-equipped to combat carbon emissions when it comes to greener forms of commuting.

The compact, interconnected nature of our city is a boon in the fight against climate change, as it makes public modes of transport not only possible, but highly convenient.

By 2040, we hope to have 9 in 10 peak-period journeys made through walking, cycling or riding public and shared transport.

Commuters should be able to complete their journeys in 45 minutes during peak periods, while amenities within the neighbourhood should be no more than 20 minutes away.

While this sounds like an ambitious goal, changes are already underway to turn this into a reality. Here are some plans that are being put into place:

How to be a climate change gamechanger

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!

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More Singaporeans aware of climate change and are prepared to do more

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:

Climate change is here. It’s happening.

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.

Climate change is changing Singapore

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.