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The National Metrology Centre (NMC) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) have jointly set up a national Metrology in Chemistry (MiC) infrastructure. Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education, Mr S. Iswaran announced the launch of the MiC infrastructure at the Metrology in Chemistry- Essential for Pollution Control and Climate Change Monitoring symposium on 3 November 2010. This event is in conjunction with a one-week international event comprising workshops, symposia and meetings held in Singapore for the first time from 1 to 5 November 2010.

Read more: Singapore Launches Infrastructure for Metrology in Chemistry (MiC) to Realise Accurate, Traceable...

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Singapore will ramp up plans to develop manpower for the clean energy industry, and will train over 2,000 specialists in the next five years.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said this at the opening of a new S$2.5 billion solar manufacturing facility - the largest clean tech investment ever made in Singapore.

Singapore identified clean energy as a major growth area for the economy in 2007. And it is committing some S$350 million to support this effort. 

Read more: S'pore to train more clean energy specialists, says PM Lee

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The idea of imposing a carbon tax here is now in the study stage, Senior Minister of State (Trade and Industry) S Iswaran said yesterday.

While a global agreement may not materialise at the coming United Nations climate change talks, Mr Iswaran said: "Singapore is studying this because we need to be prepared for the eventuality that an agreement may be made internationally on carbon emissions."

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday that applying a carbon price to send the right price signals would be a part of Singapore's energy landscape should there be a global treaty. 

Read more: Carbon tax idea in study stage

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