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Singapore declares climate change a global emergency

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The parliament called for fast-tracking the decarbonisation of Singapore’s energy mix

Singapore’s parliament has approved a motion to accelerate the country’s climate change response by declaring the issue as a global emergency, media reports said. MPs in the parliament discussed and called for fast-tracking the decarbonisation of Singapore’s energy mix.

To deal with the issue, some of the measures that the parliament debated during the session to further boost climate action in Singapore included drastic bringing drastic changes to the country’s energy mix by adopting more renewable energy sources. Singapore’s energy mix is currently still heavily reliant on fossil fuels.

Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu said in the parliament that the country will address climate change and promote sustainability by launching a Green Plan that will be a major policy priority for the Government.

She said, “We want to rally and work with our 3P partners by articulating our priorities and goals, and we will consciously create space for the community to join hands and do more together. Ministers and political office holders will be actively involved in the development of comprehensive programmes, as part of this national engagement process.”

Under the second phase of ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2021-2025, ASEAN leaders to boost investment in renewable energy and have laid out an a five-year sustainability plan. ASEAN energy ministers agreed to set a target of 23 percent share of renewable energy in total primary energy supply in the region and 35 percent in ASEAN installed power capacity by 2025.

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