Singapore's concerted efforts to reduce emissions

We thank Mr Alan Kiat-Leng Lee for his views on Singapore's climate change efforts (Go further in push to develop clean energy; June 7).

Reducing vehicular emissions and increasing renewable energy deployment are critical to helping us achieve our climate change pledge under the Paris Agreement.

To reduce vehicular emissions, we take a multi-pronged approach by promoting green mobility options such as public transport, walking and cycling; managing the growth and use of private vehicles; and encouraging fuel and carbon efficiency.

For the latter, we have been facilitating the adoption of greener vehicles. The Land Transport Authority will be trialling 50 diesel hybrid buses by the end of this year and 60 electric buses by next year to better understand the operational challenges of deploying such buses on a full-scale basis.

The private sector is also closely involved in piloting green vehicles. Since September 2016, HDT Singapore Taxi has been conducting an all-electric taxi trial involving 100 taxis.

As for renewable energy deployment, we aim to raise Singapore's solar power adoption to 350MWp by 2020, and 1GWp thereafter. The public sector has initiated a programme named SolarNova to drive demand for solar deployment across public-sector buildings and spaces.

Last November, different government agencies came together to launch the largest solar leasing tender by the public sector to date. PUB has initiated a pilot to test floating solar photovoltaic systems on reservoirs. JTC Corporation has also launched a programme called SolarLand to install solar panels on vacant land as an interim use.

Notwithstanding these efforts, we can do more as an economy and society. Singapore has designated 2018 as the Year of Climate Action. We encourage all Singaporeans and companies to contribute ideas and take concrete steps to fight against climate change.

Teo Eng Dih

Senior Director (Climate Change)

National Climate Change Secretariat

Strategy Group Prime Minister's Office

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2018, with the headline Singapore's concerted efforts to reduce emissions. Subscribe