MEWR continues measures to ensure clean air and water for Singapore

What are the new measures that MEWR will introduce to ensure clean air and sustainable water for Singapore?

08 Mar 2017

Clean air for everyone

Speaking in Parliament during the Committee of Supply Debates on Wednesday, Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said that pollutants emitted by vehicles have fallen by 20% to 35% over the last decade as tighter emission standards take hold. Therefore, Singapore will continue its three-pronged approach in managing vehicular emissions in order to meet the targets set by the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint.

Singapore will encourage the purchase of cleaner vehicles. The Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS) will be renamed  the Vehicle Emissions Scheme (VES), and revised to include tailpipe emissions of harmful air pollutants on top of carbon dioxide. The VES rebate or surcharge will now be determined by the worst performing pollutant in order to incentivise the purchase of vehicle models which are most environmentally friendly overall.

New in-use emission standards for petrol vehicles will also be introduced to reduce harmful emissions from vehicles already on the road. These standards are similar to those already in place in Europe and Japan and will take effect from 1 April 2018.

The Government will also revise the Early Turnover Scheme (ETS) to encourage the removal of older and more polluting vehicles. The scheme will be extended for two more years from August 2017 forEuro II and III diesel commercial vehicles that turn over to Euro VI and equivalent models. The scheme will also be enhanced such that Light Good Vehicles (LGVs) will also receive a higher COE bonus from 13% to 35%. The Government hopes that more diesel commercial vehicles will switch to cleaner hybrid or petrol alternatives.

More water saving measures for Singapore

On the water front, Singapore will introduce several new water conservation measures.

The Public Utilities Board (PUB) will phase out less water efficient products. The minimum standards for water fittings will be raised to a 2-tick rating from April 2019. Labelling requirements will also be extended to dishwashers from October 2018.

Two new water conservation programmes will also be introduced. A new community project for lower income households to replace existing 9-litre water closets with more efficient ones will be rolled out. This can result in a 10% savings in their monthly water bills.

PUB will also be installing smart shower devices in 10,000 new homes as part of a demonstration project. This device is able to provide real-time water consumption information during showers. A small scale study has shown that this could save up to 5 litres of water a day per person. If the demonstration project is successful, these devices may be rolled out to more households.