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
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.
A series of green issues that could be discussed at the Singapore General Elections 2011. The first issue (not in order of importance) is on the use of coal.
What are the political parties’ stand on the use of coal in Singapore and the implications on our carbon emissions target and our clean and green image?
Tuas Power’s coal plant
Read the chronology of the clean coal and biomass cogeneration plant by Tuas Power.
Tuas Power’s new coal and biomass plant at Jurong Island would start operations mid next year, and the company has signed a contract with Indonesia’s PT Bayan Resources to supply 13.36 million tonnes of sub-bituminous coal over the next 15 years from Kalimantan, and has also struck a deal with South Korea’s Samtam Co Ltd to supply coal. Tuas Power is also concluding a deal for the palm kernel, which makes up the 20% biomass component of the plant feedstock (the other 80% is coal).
If a calculation is done only for the coal supplied by PT Bayan Resources, and excluding the coal from Samtam Co Ltd and the palm biomass, the combustion of 13.36 million tonnes of sub-bituminous coal would emit about 24 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s calculation tool). Read more
Position: Project Coordinator – SEAChange Roundtable 2011
Employment period: November 2010 – May 2011
Closing Date: 12 November 2010
The SE Asian Corporate Leaders Initiative on Climate Change (SEAChange) will convene CEOs and senior business leaders from leading Southeast Asian and international companies who believe that there is an urgent need to develop new and longer‐term policies to tackle climate change. Sponsored by the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy with support from the British High Commission of Singapore, SEAChange plans to host a half‐day roundtable for business leaders in early 2011. The roundtable will explore what policies and practices are needed to meet the scale of the threat posed by climate change, and to grasp the business opportunities created by moving to a low carbon economy. Read more
Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) is organising Balik Kampung @ Bottle Tree Park on 10.10.10 to bring together multiple organizations to promote and educate the public on the importance of reducing our carbon emissions.
Learn how to start your actions locally so as to reduce CO2 emissions from your lifestyle, while not forgetting to have fun and party as we celebrate your efforts in making a difference for the climate. Come enjoy carbon-free time with your friends and family, accompanied with good food and an array of interesting activities like outdoor green-picnics, home composting workshops, garbage enzyme making, and many more.