UN SDG 13 calls for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. With political will and various technological measures, there is a real possibility of limiting an increase in global mean temperature to 2°C above pre-industrial levels74. Urgent collective action is imperative to address global warming.
“The global climate is changing. Average global temperature and sea levels are expected to rise if carbon emissions from human activities continue to grow unchecked, and extreme weather events are likely to become more intense and frequent.
What does this mean for Singapore? Extreme weather events can lead to changes in rainfall patterns, resulting in more intense rainfall or drier periods. Flood and water management will be of even greater importance for Singapore. In addition, more frequent extreme weather events may lead to volatile global food prices and disruptions to business supply chains. This will affect business activities in Singapore and our food imports.” ~ Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister
Read more: NCCS – Impact of Climate Change on Singapore
- Singapore contributes to 0.11% of global emissions75
- Based on data generated by International Energy Agency, Singapore ranks 123rd of 142 countries in terms of CO2 emissions per dollar GDP76
- Singapore ranks 26th out of 142 countries in terms of emissions per capita77
- Projecting from 2005, our business-as-usual (BAU) emissions are expected to reach 77.2 million tonnes (MT) in 2020. 60.3% of these emissions are generated by industry, 14.5% from transport, 13.8% from buildings, 7.6% from households and 3.9% from others such as waste, water other electricity use.78