SIIA Director and Nominated Member of Parliament Nicholas Fang was quoted in a March 7 story by Channel NewsAsia on the new Carbon Emissions-Based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS).
Mr Fang was commenting in response to the new CEVS announced at the recent Singapore Budget. The CEVS will affect new cars registering from July next year.
The new scheme will shift policy focus to carbon while neglecting the effects of other pollutants like particulate matter and oxides of nitrogen, he says. While the focus on carbon is good, there is a need to draw attention to other pollutants that diesel cars emit.
Cars with higher carbon emissions will pay between S$5,000 and S$20,000 more, while owners of new cars with less carbon emissions will be given rebates.
The new scheme will be reviewed in 2014.
Under it, significant registration rebates are awarded to owners of electric vehicles, which produce carbon dioxide at less than or equal to 160 grams per kilometre.
Cars with what is considered a mid-sized carbon footprint (161g to 210g Co2/km) will have no registration rebates or surcharges.
When asked for comments, SIIA director Nicholas Fang said: "When it comes to safeguarding the quality of our air, simply narrowing the focus to carbon emissions neglects other pollutants such as particulate matter, and nitrogen oxides."