ClimateActionSG Newsletter (Jan)

A monthly e-newsletter on Singapore’s sustainable development and climate action efforts


Supporting the Multilateral System of Climate Action

Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, delivered Singapore’s National Statement on 10 Dec 2019 at the UNFCCC COP-25, where he spoke on four key aspects to strengthen the multilateral system of climate action:

(i) Honouring and implementing pledges; (ii) Completing the Paris Agreement Work Programme; (iii) Mobilising national climate actions; and (iv) Strengthening solidarity through partnerships.

Read Singapore’s National Statement here.

Solar Powered, Sunny Singapore

Our nation is making big plans to harness more power from the sun. Here’s the lowdown on how we’re gearing up for solar.

As the Earth continues to experience climate change, countries all across the globe are ramping up their efforts to employ cleaner energy sources.

Singapore is no different, having taken measures that date back to the early 2000s, and numerous plans for the future. Out of the myriad non-fossil fuel energy sources, solar energy will become one of the Lion City’s most important renewable options in the future (proving that not only Superman can harness the power of the sun).

Read on for the scoop on why solar power is the most promising source of renewable energy for our sunny island, the various projects and goals that have been undertaken, and ways that you can be a game changer in the fight for our environment.

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: