E2PO to explore new ideas and technologies to reduce energy use in Singapore
Singapore, 27 April 2012 – The Energy Efficiency Programme Office (E2PO) and Siemens Pte Ltd will be undertaking a first-of-its-kind study in Singapore that will offer useful insights into the energy use patterns across different sectors such as the residential, commercial, transport and info-communication sectors within a town, using Tampines as a representative town. This is part of E2PO’s initiative to promote emerging energy efficient technologies and innovation as well as the adoption of energy efficiency in Singapore.
This study will look into the energy use of a densely-populated, compact town in Singapore and assess the technical feasibility, cost-effectiveness and commercial viability of different technologies for energy reduction in Singapore. A key objective of the study is to propose systems-wide solutions that go beyond energy-efficiency measures that operate only at the individual equipment level. This can be done through better systems integration across the residential, buildings, transport and info-communication sectors.
The study, which will take about a year to complete, is important as cities already house more than half the world’s population and consume more than half the energy produced in the world. Cities such as London and Munich have also conducted similar studies.
Commitment to resource efficiency
Singapore stood out in the 2011 Asian Green City Index study for its environmental targets and its efficient approach to achieving them. In the Singapore Sustainable Blueprint , Singapore has committed to reducing our energy intensity by 35%, by 2030. To meet our energy efficiency target, the E2PO agencies have been introducing a series of energy efficiency programmes and efforts. For example, the Energy Efficiency National Partnership programme was introduced in April 2010. It seeks to support industrial efforts in energy efficiency through workshops and conferences and the provision of energy efficiency-related incentives, recognition and resources, such as energy efficiency benchmarking studies for industry.
Leveraging technology to enhance energy efficiency
This study with Siemens will help Singapore meet the energy efficiency target by giving a better assessment of the energy reduction potential of towns and trials on a wider scale in the long run. Technologies identified in this project will be assessed by the E2PO agencies for future trials and wider deployment in Singapore.
Mr Andrew Tan, CEO of NEA said, “This study is part of our efforts to promote a more energy efficient Singapore. By assessing our energy consumption patterns for residential and commercial buildings, transportation and infocomm services for existing towns such as Tampines, we can optimise energy reduction across different sectors and systems. We hope that the results of this town-level study will provide us with new insights of the possible technology solutions that are scaleable, practical and replicable, not only for Singapore but other cities with existing infrastructure.”
Mr Lothar Herrmann, CEO of Siemens Asean-Pacific, added, “The study presents a great opportunity for Siemens-NEA to work together to unveil measures to reduce energy consumption in Singapore in the near future. Our broad offering of sustainable city solutions, and experiences in working on the Green City Index, a series of studies that examines cities’ environmental performance, provides us with the necessary expertise to work on this study holistically.”
“We are pleased that Siemens, a world leader in sustainability solutions, is using Singapore as a global demonstration site, leveraging Siemens’ full suite of energy modelling and technological capabilities”, added Mr Goh Chee Kiong, Director Of Building & Infrastructure Solutions and Cleantech from the Singapore Economic Development Board. “This project is well aligned with Singapore’s intent to be a ‘living lab’, where companies can develop, test and commercialise green solutions in a real life environment, in partnership with our government agencies.”
- The E2PO is a multi-agency committee established to jointly promote and facilitate the adoption of energy efficiency in Singapore, and is led by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and comprises the Economic Development Board (EDB), Land Transport Authority (LTA), Building and Construction Authority (BCA), Housing and Development Board (HDB), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) and National Research Foundation (NRF). The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) and Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) are also represented in the committee.
- The Asian Green City Index study was commissioned by Siemens and performed by the independent Economist Intelligence Unit. This study examined the environmental performance of 22 major Asian cities with respect to environmental and climate protection.
- The Singapore Sustainable Blueprint is a national strategy for Singapore’s sustainable development and contains strategies and initiatives needed for Singapore to achieve both economic growth and a good living environment over the next two decades. For more information, please refer to www.sustainablesingapore.gov.sg.
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