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Achieving Cleaner Transport


To reduce the pollutants produced by our transport system, we have introduced schemes and technologies to promote the use of cleaner transport.

Lowering Carbon Emission

The Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS) was introduced in 2013 to encourage car buyers to opt for vehicle models that have lower carbon emissions.

Improving Air Quality

Fine particulate matter known as PM2.5 can penetrate deep into the lungs and have been linked to respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses. To protect public health, the Government is working to reduce the PM2.5 level of the air in Singapore. Our goal is to reduce the level from 20μg/m3 in 2013 to 12μg/m3 by 2020 and to maintain it at that level till 2030. Transport contributes about 50% of the ambient PM2.5 level in our environment due to vehicular exhaust emissions, particularly those from diesel-driven vehicles. Therefore as part of our efforts to reduce particulate matter, the Early Turnover Scheme was introduced in April 2013 and enhanced in August 2015 to incentivise the early replacement of more pollutive diesel vehicles. Owners of the older diesel commercial vehicles would be given a discount on the price they would need to pay for a COE, in addition to not having to bid for one. 

Encouraging Greener Forms of Commuting

To boost the appeal of cycling and walking as transport options, we have invested in infrastructure such as more sheltered walkways, cycling paths and bicycle racks at MRT stations.