Fellow Parliamentary Colleagues
Residents of Punggol North
Ladies and Gentlemen
afternoon. Happy 53rd National Day to all. It is my pleasure to join
you this afternoon.
“Switch and Save – Use LED” Programme
2. We are here today to launch a new
programme by the National Environment Agency to encourage residents to switch
to LED lights. Why are we doing this? Switching to LED lights will help you to save
money by using less electricity. An LED bulb uses 40% less electricity than a
compact fluorescent lamp, and 80% less electricity than an incandescent lamp. If
you switch from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs, you can save $9 a year in
electricity costs for every bulb changed.
3. In a 2017 survey, NEA found that only 28
per cent of households in 1- and 2-room HDB flats used LED lights. To encourage
more to switch, NEA will provide 1- and 2-room HDB households $25 vouchers to
purchase LED lights at participating merchants’ outlets. For North East CDC, this
programme will benefit 13,000 eligible households. If
all eligible households switch to LED lights, we can save about 360,000 kWh
annually – that is more than $70,000 in collective energy savings and a
reduction of more than 150
tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
4. So you can see, switching to more
energy-efficient lights not only saves money, it is also a form of climate
action. Less electricity generated means less greenhouse gas emissions. Our
earth has been warming due to excessive greenhouse gas emissions from human
activities. In Singapore, we already feel the impact of climate change in
heavier rainfall, resulting in flash floods. This is why we
have designated 2018 as the Year of Climate Action, to raise the level of
national consciousness on the need to take individual and collective action for
a sustainable Singapore and to fight climate change.
government cannot tackle climate change
less electricity at home is one simple climate action that we all can take. I
hope that this programme will make it easier for households to switch to LED
bulbs. By doing so, you will not only save our earth, you will also save money.
6. We need strong support from the
community to sustain the climate action momentum. In
the North East district, community partners have been proactively organising
ground-up initiatives to raise awareness on ways residents can take climate
action in their daily lives. For example, the North East CDC organised the ‘JOE
Day’ event, which stands for “Just One Earth”. This is an annual family
carnival for pre-schoolers and their families to spread the message of how everyone
can take simple actions to care for the environment and take climate action. During
the June school holidays, Punggol Coast and Punggol North Grassroots
Organisations organised an annual two-day camp for 120 primary school students
to learn how they can save electricity at home through hands-on activities.
7. We are making similar efforts in my constituency.
At Our Tampines Hub’s 1st Anniversary celebration on 5 August, we organised
a climate action exhibition and related activities to encourage everyone to do
their part to mitigate climate change.
8. I thank our key partners – North East
Community Development Council and Young NTUC – for jointly organising this
launch event, in conjunction with Project Refresh.
9. I also thank our retail partners –
Sheng Siong, Home Fix, and Selffix, as well as suppliers from Megaman, Osram
and Philips – for your strong support of this “Switch and Save - Use LED” programme.
10. We also thank our volunteers. Thirty-four
volunteers from Hope Worldwide (Singapore), Meridian Junior College and
Singapore Polytechnic were trained this morning by staff from the Sustainable
Living Lab. They will be assisting some of the residents with the LED light
installation, while more than 300 volunteers from all walks of life are here
today to improve the living conditions of homes under Project Refresh. You all are making a difference.