December 2022
AIIB ASEAN ASEAN (R) ASEAN-ISIS Asia Big Tech CH: Hong Kong Country (R): Indonesia Country (R): Malaysia Country (R): Myanmar Country (R): Singapore Country: ASEAN Country: Australia Country: Cambodia Country: China Country: Germany Country: India Country: Indonesia Country: Japan Country: Laos Country: Malaysia Country: Myanmar Country: North Korea Country: Philippines Country: Qatar Country: Russia Country: Singapore Country: South Korea Country: Taiwan Country: Thailand Country: UK Country: United States Country: US Country: USA Country: Vietnam covid-19 DE: 5G DE: Data privacy DE: Data security DE: Facebook Digitalisation Elections: Indonesia 2019 Elections: Thailand 2019 ESG: Climate Change ESG: Diversity ESG: Energy ESG: Green Finance ESG: Green Growth ESG: Haze ESG: Human Rights ESG: Modern Slavery ESG: Peatland ESG: Riau ESG: Smallholders ESG: Sustainability ESG: Sustainable/Green Infrastructure European Union Event: SDSWR Events: AAF Fukushima Global Citizens Singapore Google Indonesia: Jokowi Institute: ERIA Institute: SIIA JP: Abenomics Leaders: Kim Jong Un Leaders: Lee Hsien Loong Megatrends: Populism MM: Aung San Suu Kyi MM: NLD MM: Rakhine State MY: Anwar Ibrahim MY: GE14 MY: Mahathir Mohamad MY: Najib Razak New Horizons New Zealand Nicholas Fang Oh Ei Sun Recovery Region: Latin America Region: Middle East Reports Security: South China Sea Security: Terrorism SG: Lee Kuan Yew SG: SG Secure SG: Smart Nation SG: Society Simon Tay Sustainable infrastructure Topic (R): Belt and Road Topic (R): Business Topic (R): Digitisation Topic (R): Economy Topic (R): Green Finance Topic (R): Haze Topic (R): Infrastructure Topic (R): Palm Oil Topic (R): Peatland Topic (R): Smallholders Topic (R): Sustainability Topic: Anti-Globalisation Topic: Belt and Road Topic: Business Topic: Coronavirus Topic: COVID-19 Topic: Deforestation Topic: Development Topic: Digital Economy Topic: Digitisation Topic: E-Commerce Topic: Economics Topic: Economy Topic: Elections Topic: Environment Topic: ESG Topic: Finance Topic: Global Citizens Topic: Globalisation Topic: Human Trafficking Topic: Indo-Pacific Topic: Infrastructure Topic: Investment Topic: Labour Topic: Nuclear Topic: Palm Oil Topic: Race Topic: Regional Integration Topic: Religion Topic: Security Topic: Singapore-Malaysia Relations Topic: Small States Topic: Trade Trade: AEC Trade: CPTPP Trade: FTA Trade: Multilateralism Trade: RCEP Trade: TPP Trade: War Trends (Digital): Cybersecurity UK: Brexit United States US: Obama US: Trump US: Trump WEF youth

Diesel incentives for passenger cars must go

21 Oct Diesel incentives for passenger cars must go

We thank Mr Danny Lim and Mr Paul Chan for their responses (“Diesel moves must target commercial vehicles first”; Oct 14 and “Don’t drop diesel just yet”; Oct 18) to our commentary “Driving a future without diesel” (Oct 12).

It is encouraging to see engaged citizens respond to our work as a public policy think-tank.

We hope to clarify our views and our rationale.

Mr Chan noted that diesel vehicles are hard to replace for certain heavy industrial uses.

This resonates with our commentary.

We also highlighted the possibility of utilising more commercial vehicles that run on electric engines in the long run.

Mr Lim suggested that addressing the pollution from diesel commercial vehicles instead of diesel passenger cars would be more effective, but we disagree with de-prioritising diesel passenger cars, which have been the fastest-growing segment of Singapore’s car population.

Studies suggest that even the latest Euro VI diesel vehicles do not seem to perform much better than older diesel vehicles, emitting more nitrogen oxides (NOx) in real-world conditions than in official tests.

A study conducted for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment revealed that Euro VI vehicles produced approximately 500mg NOx/km in real-world driving, an amount similar to that emitted by the earlier Euro IV and V vehicles.

The Singapore Institute of International Affairs advocates sustainability, including clean air.

Our record on the haze is long-standing. In 2012, we also helped bring together a Clean City Air Coalition.

We believe it would be a positive step towards cleaner city air to remove the current “green” incentives for diesel passenger vehicles in the short run.

In the longer term, the search for commercial transport that minimises pollution is needed.

Simon Tay and Nicholas Fang are respectively Chairman and Executive Director at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. This reply was published in TODAY on 21 October 2016.

Photo Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0