Singapore Singapore’s draft amendment to Environmental Protection and Management Act

Adds part on GHG control

On August 2, 2021, the Environmental Protection and Management (Amendment) Bill was introduced in Parliament of Singapore. This Amendment Bill mainly amends several sections of the Environmental Protection and Management Act (EPMA). A particularly significant change is the addition of Part 10A, which provides for the control of greenhouse gas (GHG). “GHG goods” defined as any device or appliance that require GHG and “GHG works” defined as any activity that use or handle GHG are regulated in the part. Entities subject to the regulation under this amendment bill will be required to register themselves with the authorities.

The outline of Part 10A is as follows.

Division 1 – Preliminary
40A: Interpretation of this Part

Division 2 – Measures relating to GHG goods
40B: Regulated goods
40C: Restriction on importers and manufacturers
40D: Restrictions on supplies and imports of regulated goods
40E: Registration of suppliers and regulated goods
40F: Duration and renewal of registration
40G: Withdrawal or revocation of registration
40H: Register of registered suppliers and regulated goods
40I: Maintenance of records
40J: Appeal against decisions made under section 40E, 40F, 40G and 40U

Division 3 – Measures relating to regulated GHG works
40K: Regulated GHG works
40L: Restrictions relating to regulated GHG works
40M: Registration of GHG entities
40N: Withdrawal or revocation of registration
40O: Register of registered GHG entities
40P: Obligations of registered GHG entity
40Q: Obligations of competent person
40R: Appeals against decisions made under section 40M and 40N

Division 4 – Surveys, etc.
40S: Environment impact surveys and investigations

Division 5 – Enforcement of this Part
40T: Monitoring powers for purposes of this Part
40U: Power to give directions
40V: Power to require samples
40W: Power to require tests or examinations
40X: Data not to be falsified, etc.
40Y: Power of Director-General to waive requirements

 

This amendment bill can be downloaded from the following URL.
https://www.parliament.gov.sg/docs/default-source/default-document-library/environmental-protection-and-management-(amendment)-bill-21-2021.pdf

Environmental Protection and Management Act is available at the following URL.
https://sso.agc.gov.sg/Act/EPMA1999