Singapore Considering Gas-Guzzling Labeling

Currently, 25 per cent of car models here are voluntarily labelled as such.

Published: 16-Jan-2007

CAR-BUYERS may soon be able to tell, just from a sticker, which car models are fuel guzzlers and which ones fuel-efficient.

Mandatory fuel efficiency labelling of all cars was one of suggestions thrown up from last year's public feedback phase for the National Climate Change Strategy (NCCS). Currently, 25 per cent of car models here are voluntarily labelled as such.

The same idea is also being considered for electricity-intensive household appliances, such as air conditioners and refrigerators, which now fall under the Green Labelling scheme — another voluntary scheme. It now covers some 20 per cent or 33 models of air-conditioners and 83 models of refrigerators. Clothes dryers, which are becoming more popular, have also been proposed for inclusion.

This will go a long way in helping consumers make better choices, said Dr Amy Khor, Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), who hosted yesterday's NCCS Forum.

On the industry level, there have been suggestions to encourage more carbon reporting — a practice that allows companies to be transparent and accountable for their carbon emissions.

Dr Khor said: "We are also looking to be a player on the world stage in terms of our Clean Development Mechanism projects, carbon trading as well as having a voice in the various international platforms, such as the Kyoto protocol."

Noting that a large portion of the feedback received was aimed at enhancing public education, Dr Khor said education will continue to play an essential role.

Yesterday's forum was held to "close the loop" on the feedback received over the four-month-long public consultation phase of the NCCS during which some 1,300 suggestions were gathered. The feedback will be used to refine current climate change programmes and will be worked into the National Climate Change Strategy paper, to be published later this year.

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