30 March 2023
At the Committee of Supply 2023 (“COS”) debates on 2 March 2023, the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (“MSE”) announced various developments in relation to the following areas:
- Transition to a climate-friendly nation
- Singapore’s vision for a zero-waste nation
- Food and climate resilience
- Upholding public health defences and partnering the community on sustainability initiatives
Some of the key initiatives are set out below.
Transition to a climate-friendly nation
The Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu spoke on fostering a liveable and more sustainable nation and outlined several developments, including highlighting that the public sector and PUB have both committed to achieving net zero emissions around 2045, ahead of schedule.
Minister Fu also noted that from the 2023 financial year, the Government will publish an annual GreenGov.SG report that will set out the Government’s efforts, progress, and plans in relation to Singapore’s transition to a climate-friendly nation.
Carbon tax will be raised progressively over the next few years to further incentivise carbon and energy efficiency. The Government will allow companies to use high-quality international carbon credits to offset up to 5% of their taxable emissions.
Towards a zero-waste nation
At the COS, Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Dr Amy Khor noted developments and initiatives in relation to zero waste goals, including the introduction of a disposable carrier bag charge. From 3 July 2023, supermarket operators with a company-level annual turnover of more than S$100 million will be required to charge at least five cents per disposable carrier bag at their Singapore Food Agency-licensed supermarket outlets. Dr Khor also discussed other initiatives including the beverage container return scheme and encouraging household recycling.
Food and climate resilience
Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Dr Koh Poh Koon spoke on food and climate resilience including enhancing coastal and flood protection and outlined several developments, including an increase in Singapore’s food supply sources, the push to grow more locally, stewarding a more productive and sustainable aquaculture sector, and enhancing flood resilience through drainage improvement works.
Upholding public defences and partnering the community
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and the Environment Baey Yam Keng spoke on upholding Singapore’s public health defences and partnering the community in sustainability initiatives. In addition to the National Environment Agency’s holistic approach to dengue control, he spoke on the launch of the Green Action for Communities movement and the SG Eco Fund.
The following materials are available on the MSE website www.mse.gov.sg:
- Speech by Minister Grace Fu - Building a Green Singapore - Fostering a liveable, more sustainable nation
- Speech by Senior Minister of State Dr Amy Khor - Towards a zero waste nation
- Speech by Senior Minister of State Dr Koh Poh Koon - Food and climate resilience
- Speech by Senior Parliamentary Secretary Baey Yam Keng - Upholding our public defences and partnering the community