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Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (a) for
2019, what has been the absolute and percentage change in total carbon
emissions for facilities that paid the carbon tax compared to 2017 and 2018;
(b) when does the Ministry plan to publish this data if it is not yet
available; and (c) whether the Ministry will consider publishing this data on a
yearly basis to provide clarity on the emission impact of the carbon tax.
Reply by Minister Masagos Zulkifli:
1. The Carbon Pricing Act (CPA) came into
force on 1 January 2019, giving effect to the carbon tax. The carbon tax
provides an economy-wide price signal to encourage emissions reduction and the transition
to a low-carbon economy. The carbon tax covers around 80% of our national
emissions and applies to facilities in the manufacturing, power generation,
waste and water management sectors which emit 25,000 tonnes of carbon
dioxide-equivalent or more annually. These companies have been monitoring their
emissions for the year 2019, and must submit verified 2019 emissions reports to
the National Environment Agency by 30 June 2020. The Government is unable to
disclose company- or facility-specific data due to data confidentiality requirements
as provided for in the CPA.
publishes data on Singapore’s total greenhouse gases annually in the Key
Environmental Statistics, which is available on the MEWR website. We also
publish more detailed information on our greenhouse gas inventory in accordance
with guidelines under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC). Our latest National Communications and Biennial Update Report was
submitted to the UNFCCC in December 2018 and this report can be found on the
website of the National Climate Change Secretariat. We will be submitting the
next report by December 2020, and it will similarly be made available publicly.
Last updated: 06 Feb 2020
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