Singapore Tops Carbon Emissions Report – WWF

Less than a month after Singapore released the Singapore Green Plan 2012, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) leaked a report saying this tiny island state is the top carbon dioxide emitter in Asia-Pacific for 2010. WWF President Yolanda Kakabadse made this announcement ahead of the June release for the comprehensive report.

Every member of the population in relation to the size of the country is consuming a lot in food, in energy. Singapore… is a society that maybe is one of the best examples of what we should not do.

Singapore's construction industry contributed to the high carbon emissions for 2010.

Singapore's construction industry and the corporate sector contributed to the island-nation's high carbon emissions for 2010. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring gas, but its man-made equivalents come from exhausts of burning fossil fuels, biomass degradation, land-use changes and other industrial processes. It is the number one man-made greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

Singapore emitted 43,454 kilotons of carbon dioxide from combustion of fossil fuels in 2010, when it generated over US$40,000 (S$50,000 ) in per capita gross domestic product (GDP). The island-state’s construction boom during that year contributed 15% to the emissions.

Kakabadse also said Singapore could make up for its heavy carbon footprint by sharing its knowledge with the rest of the world.

It has a tremendous capacity to contribute with technology. Technology for energy, technology for water management, technology for whatever, even for food production that would make it more sensible.

The National Environment Agency of Singapore explains the country’s dependence on fossil fuels contributed to the high carbon footprint. Singapore’s inability to switch to alternative fuels is due to the island’s limited territory.