The Government of Singapore has rolled out multiple green transport initiatives across the land, aviation and maritime transport sectors. Plans announced include electrifying the public bus fleet, a SGD50 million aviation sustainability programme as well as electrification of airside vehicles and harbour craft.

The Electric Vehicle Common Charger Grant was extended till the end of 2025 to co-fund the deployment of electric vehicle (EV) chargers in condominiums across Singapore. The grant will cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of chargers, capped at SGD4,000.

In line with plans to electrify its public bus fleet, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) plans to announce a tender for the delivery of 400 new electric buses in March 2023. Starting December 2024, the new vehicles will gradually replace the existing diesel-powered buses. LTA will also speed up the deployment of EV chargers at bus depot to support the bus deployment. By 2030, 50 per cent of Singapore’s public bus fleet will be electric.

The Ministry of Transport (MoT) also plans to electrify existing airside vehicles by 2040. As of 2023, only 20 per cent of these vehicles run on sustainable fuel. In line with this, the Changi Airport Group (CAG) plans to upgrade its grid and charging infrastructure to power the future EVs. Over the next few years, CAG will install over 200 new EV chargers at its airports.

Additionally, the Government of Singapore will set up an Aviation Sustainability Programme that will provide up to 70 per cent of funding for decarbonisation projects.  The first call for proposals will commence in April 2023.

On the maritime front, Mr Iswaran said the harbour craft sector will be required to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. There are currently about 1,600 harbour craft licensed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

From 2030, all harbour crafts in Singapore will operate on sustainable fuels, including electricity, pure biofuels or net-zero fuels like hydrogen.