Studying Time: 2 minutes
Singapore is implementing insurance policies and making commitments to cut back carbon emissions, however “accelerated motion” is required sooner or later, in accordance with a local weather skilled on Wednesday.
Professor Mark Howden’s assertion got here simply sooner or later after Singapore’s Minister for Sustainability and the Atmosphere, Grace Fu, introduced that Singapore had submitted a second replace to its 2030 Nationally Decided Contribution (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Conference on Local weather Change.
Prof Howden, director of the Australian Nationwide College’s Institute for Local weather, Vitality, and Catastrophe Options, acknowledged that whereas local weather science is a collaborative challenge that necessitates a collective answer, and that “each bit helps,” Singapore should act quicker.
In Singapore Parliament, Ms. Fu mentioned, “The nation intends to cut back emissions of round 60M tonnes of CO2 which will probably be equal to 2030”. That is roughly 5 million tonnes decrease than what Singapore had set out within the preliminary replace of 2020. Following this, she additionally talked about, “The discount of 5 million tonnes is “substantial” and is greater than the entire emissions from households at present.”
Having mentioned that, it’s clear that Singapore is implementing insurance policies that can, ultimately, considerably scale back emissions. Prof. Howden claims that Singapore’s plans to extend the nation’s carbon tax will “considerably scale back” emissions shortly. Singapore will enhance its carbon tax to S$25 per tonne for greenhouse fuel emissions in 2024 and 2025, and S$45 per tonne for emissions in 2026 and past, following the passage of the Carbon Pricing (Modification) Invoice in Parliament on Tuesday.