Singapore committed to addressing climate change

We thank Mr Aaron Low Chin Yong for his suggestion ("Climate change: Singapore can lead by example"; Monday).

Climate change is a global challenge, and addressing it requires all countries to play their part.

Singapore submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat earlier this month.

The INDC states Singapore's intention to reduce its emissions intensity by 36 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, and to stabilise emissions, with the aim of peaking around 2030.

It reflects Singapore's support for global efforts to address climate change, even though Singapore contributes only about 0.11 per cent of global emissions.

The aim to stabilise emissions is a significant commitment for a small country with limited alternative energy options. It requires serious effort by everyone - individuals, households and businesses alike - to be more energy and carbon efficient.

The Government will adopt a multi-pronged approach to reduce Singapore's greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors, with energy efficiency as our key strategy.

Singapore regularly shares its experiences, best practices and technical knowledge on climate change and green growth issues through various platforms, such as international conferences and technical cooperation programmes.

For example, the Government has conducted training programmes for over 10,700 officials from other countries in climate change and sustainable development issues.

Yuen Sai Kuan
Director (Corporate Affairs)
National Climate Change Secretariat
Prime Minister's Office

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2015, with the headline 'Singapore committed to addressing climate change'. Print Edition | Subscribe