7 Suggestions for Public Consultation on Climate Change and Singapore

March 21, 2015 by  
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The government is conducting a public consultation for Singapore’s plan to reduce carbon emissions and promote green growth beyond 2020. You can give your feedback to the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) by 31 Mar 2015.

Here’s our suggestions that was submitted to NCCS:

1. Introduce basic carbon footprint reporting and benchmarking for companies

There is currently no comprehensive data and information on the carbon footprint of companies in Singapore and their performance as compared to peers in the same industry. This results in minimal pressure for companies to put in effort to reduce their carbon footprint.

The government can consider a mandatory framework on basic carbon footprint reporting and benchmarking for companies. This reporting framework should be simple and easy to adopt so that it does not add too much burden for companies. One such existing framework is the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, developed by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, which sets the standard for how to measure, manage, and report greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

Singapore’s National Climate Change Strategy 2012 – Random Thoughts

July 11, 2012 by  
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The National Climate Change Strategy 2012 (NCCS-2012) document was launched last month by DPM Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change (IMCCC).

The 140-page document outlines Singapore’s strategy and plans to address climate change and is published by the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) in collaboration with the IMCCC agencies, and after private sector and public consultations.

Download the National Climate Change Strategy 2012 document or read some of the key points.

Here’s some random thoughts on the NCCS-2012 document:

1) The document is a good summary of various initiatives and policies (mostly announced previously); there is nothing much on new policies or targets.

2) The document is focusing on mitigation policies and actions towards 2020, and does not really look at long term mitigation policies (understand this would be looked into by the Long Term Emissions and Mitigation Working Group). Read more

Singapore’s National Climate Change Strategy 2012 – Key Points

June 18, 2012 by  
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The much-anticipated National Climate Change Strategy 2012 (NCCS-2012) document was launched today by DPM Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change (IMCCC).

The 140-page document outlines Singapore’s strategy and plans to address climate change and is published by the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) in collaboration with the IMCCC agencies, and after private sector and public consultations.

Download the National Climate Change Strategy 2012 document

Key Points in NCCS-2012

The NCCS-2012 document first outlines the challenges and impacts of climate change in Chapter 1 – Climate Change and Why It Matters, and highlights the current efforts by the world and Singapore’s own efforts in sustainable development and the constraints we face in Chapter 2 – Sustainable Development: Singapore’s National Circumstances. Read more

Thoughts on the NCCS Public Perception Survey on Climate Change in Singapore

February 10, 2012 by  
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From Oct to Dec last year, the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) commissioned a survey among 1,010 Singaporeans aged 15 and above, to find out the current level of public awareness, attitudes and behaviours towards climate change in Singapore.

Here’s some of the survey results and our thoughts:

Gap Between Awareness and Action

These survey results show that most Singaporeans are concerned about climate change and its effect on Singapore, and feel that they play a part in taking action. The results are not surprising, as it is similar to responses from previous NEA and Gallup surveys, which show similar positive responses from Singaporeans on environmental and climate change issues.

We think that Singaporeans know about climate change as we are being exposed to local and international environmental news through the printed and online media, but we tend to stop at awareness and not translate that into action. The survey results show a concern about climate change and a desire to take action, but does not describe actual actions. We feel that there is still a big gap to be bridged between awareness and action in Singapore. Read more

12 Ideas for the National Climate Change Strategy 2012

September 19, 2011 by  
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The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) is currently preparing the National Climate Change Strategy 2012 (NCCS-2012) publication, and is seeking public feedback and ideas.

The NCCS-2012 will provide a framework and overall strategy for Singapore to tackle climate change, and will outline policies and measures to reduce emissions, cope with the impact of climate change and build our capabilities.

The public consultation by NCCS involves conducting an online consultation exercise, focus group sessions and community forums. You can give your feedback and ideas via the NCCS website from now till 14 Oct.

Here are 12 ideas for the National Climate Change Strategy 2012, which was submitted by Low Carbon Singapore to NCCS: Read more

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