Singapore will impose a levy on travellers departing Changi and Seletar airports to boost sustainable fuel usage. Olivia Palamountain reports

A new levy on travellers departing from the city-state of Singapore aimed at promoting the use of sustainable fuel in commercial airliners will come into effect in 2026.

Under the new scheme, passengers departing from Changi and Seletar airports will be required to pay a levy ranging from S$3 to S$16 (£1.80 to £9.50).

The collected fees will be utilised to purchase sustainable fuel, which is currently three to five times more expensive than conventional jet fuel. The Singapore government has set a target for green fuel to account for 3-5 per cent of fuel usage at the Changi and Seletar airports by 2030.

The move has been met with varying responses from the public, highlighting the growing fatigue towards narratives of individual responsibility in addressing the climate crisis.

The introduction of the levy comes at a time when Singaporeans are already grappling with the rising cost of living, further exacerbated by the recent increase in the goods and services tax.

As reported by Bloomberg, six in ten Singapore citizens and residents think that the government’s latest budget measures aren’t enough to help them cope with the rising cost of living, according to a survey by Milieu Insight. Of the 1,002 respondents polled in February this year, 62 per cent said the initiatives were insufficient.

As nearly three in four people believe businesses have a role to play in addressing the climate crisis, brands will face heightened expectations to demonstrate meaningful climate leadership and accountability to win over disillusioned consumers.

This presents an opportunity for businesses to encourage sustainable choices without compromising affordability and convenience.

While the government’s efforts to promote sustainability are commendable, it is evident that a more inclusive and collaborative approach, involving businesses and individuals, is necessary to drive meaningful change while addressing the concerns of an increasingly cost-conscious population.