01 Mar '11, 2am

More carrots needed to go green

More carrots needed to go green

Just 8 per cent of all buildings have been 'greened' since the Green Mark scheme was introduced in 2005. -- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING THE lack of sweeteners in Budget 2011 to address green issues here came in for scrutiny from two MPs on Monday. Dr Teo Ho Pin (Bukit Panjang) said that the sole green carrot in the Budget - extending a tax rebate scheme for car buyers who opt for green vehicles by another 12 months - was insufficient to address Singapore's sustainability needs over the next few decades. He made several suggestions on how this could be addressed, calling, for example, for tax incentives and funds to be channelled towards transportation, housing and educational causes. Dr Teo also had a radical idea: providing free public transport to wean Singaporeans off car use. He suggested, for example, that free bus services linking town centres, schools or shopping malls in ...

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