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KUALA LUMPUR - What Maria Castillo Fernandez (in the picture) wants to see on the streets of Kuala Lumpur is the presence of more cyclists.

The Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Malaysia believes that the key to combating global warming and climate change lies not only with governments around the world, but with individuals as well.

Read more: Pushing bicycles as mode of transport – and for the environs

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The public sector has unveiled an action plan to conserve resources and embark on green initiatives, and hopes it will inspire all Singaporeans to work towards greater environmental sustainability. The inaugural Public Sector Sustainability Plan 2017-2020 (PSSP) was launched by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in Charge of the Public Service, Teo Chee Hean, at the opening ceremony of the Singapore Sustainability Academy 1 on World Environment Day.

Read more: Singapore launches sustainability plan to chart green course for public sector

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Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said firms that comply with the new rules will benefit from long-term cost savings.

Changes to the Energy Conservation Act, passed in Parliament yesterday, mean large polluters here will have to step up their green efforts, or face enhanced penalties.

Companies will have to adopt a structured measurement and reporting system for their greenhouse gas emissions - a move which will pave the way for the carbon tax scheme the Government plans to impose from 2019.

Read more: Big polluters to face heftier fines

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