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Singapore to Cut Emissions Growth by 16% Below Projected 2020 Level

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Singapore will undertake voluntary actions to reduce carbon emissions growth by 16 percent below the projected 2020 level, Singapore's Senior Minister S Jayakumar said on Wednesday.

Speaking at an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change, he said that climate change is a long-term issue that the world will have to grapple with for many decades to come.

He said that Singapore has no historical responsibility for climate change and it contributes less than 0.2 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, adding that Singapore will play its part and continue to contribute to the global effort in reducing emissions.

He also stressed that whatever enhanced measures Singapore will undertake has to be contingent on a global agreement being reached, on other countries also adopting significant targets and implementing their commitments in good faith.

Detailed measures on how Singapore intends to reduce emissions growth will be announced after the Copenhagen climate talks.

(Xinhua News Agency December 3, 2009)

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