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Title: THE KYOTO PROTOCOL AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY : POLICY INITIATIVES TO CURB GREENHOUSE GASES IN SINGAPORE AND THE UNITED KINGDOM
Authors: WANG XUEYING VALERIE
Keywords: Building
Project and Facilities Management
Kyoto Protocol
Greenhouse gases
Policy initiatives
Issue Date: 2-Jun-2010
Citation: WANG XUEYING VALERIE (2010-06-02T04:48:12Z). THE KYOTO PROTOCOL AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY : POLICY INITIATIVES TO CURB GREENHOUSE GASES IN SINGAPORE AND THE UNITED KINGDOM. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The impact of the emissions of greenhouse gases is felt on our environment through climate change, the adverse effects of which the update to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol attempts to address. The construction industry is a major contributor to these emissions. The United Kingdom, an Annex I country with a commitment to the Protocol to reduce its levels of carbon emissions, has taken various steps to do so in its laws and policies. The Singapore government, though not having these commitments, has recognised the need to regulate the construction industry. This dissertation aims to analyse the UK’s policy initiatives in this area to investigate how an Annex I country deals with its reduction target, and determine how, if possible, these initiatives can be applied in Singapore’s context. In addition to an in-depth literature review of the policies and laws of both countries that regulate carbon emissions, a survey was carried out among Singapore’s local contractors. It ascertained that they felt that the policies that Singapore already has in place are effective though improvements can always be made. However, the adoption of UK’s laws and policies was viewed with much doubt and mostly regarded as impracticable. Recommendations made for the implementation of UK’s policies in Singapore consist therefore of more cautious steps, making small changes to current policies and convincing the industry of the need to focus on green/sustainable buildings. Furthermore, the adaptation of buildings which will be a critical step in fortifying buildings against the effects of climate change in the near future is also discussed.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/224110
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