Participation in Roundtable Discussion on Climate Action

(Photo courtesy of ESI staff)

ESI Research Fellow, Ms. Melissa Low participated in the first round of Roundtable Discussions with Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Dr. Amy Khor on 3 January 2018.

The event comprised a presentation on climate change and Singapore’s upcoming carbon tax, as well as a discussion with Dr. Khor and colleagues from MEWR and relevant agencies. With her was Permanent Secretary Mr. Albert Chua, Senior Director (Management) Ms. Yena Lim, Chief Executive of the National Environment Agency Mr. Ronnie Tay and Chairman of the Public Hygiene Council Mr. Edward D’Silva. Ms. Leonie Lee, Director of the Energy & Climate Policy Division, which formulates and reviews policies on energy efficiency and conservation, climate mitigation and readiness for alternative energy, as well as coordinates Singapore’s efforts in capability-building in climate science and long-term adaptation was also present to take address questions on the carbon tax.

The Roundtable discussion was attended by 30 representatives from environmental non-governmental organizations and industry associations. Views expressed focused on how we can all work together to act on climate change, including how to encourage a ground-up movement by stakeholders to take action to reduce their carbon footprint. NGOs also took the opportunity to seek clarification on the carbon tax and shared with the government what other mitigation measures Singapore could adopt.

The event is the first of a series of dialogues MEWR plans to have with its 3P partners over the course of 2018 and intends to connect with smaller groups of interested parties to explore more deeply how the government and groups can support one another to make things happen on the ground.

(Posted on 04 January 2018)