Singapore launches national hydrogen strategy at Singapore International Energy Week
Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong outlined Singapore ’ s national strategy to develop hydrogen at the Singapore International Energy Week ( SIEW ) 2022 on Oct 25 .
For Singapore , hydrogen can complement and diversify our power mix alongside solar , imported electricity , and other potential low-carbon energy sources , such as geothermal energy , says the Ministry of Trade and Industry ( MTI ).
“ Hydrogen has the potential to be adopted across different sectors as a low-carbon fuel or feedstock . Hydrogen does not release any greenhouse gases when combusted . When produced through low-emission methods such as through the electrolysis of water using renewable energy , it can have close to zero emissions ,” said the MTI .
Wong names five “ key thrusts ” for Singapore ’ s hydrogen plans :
First , Singapore will experiment with the use of advanced hydrogen technologies that are on the cusp of commercial readiness . Second , Singapore will conduct research and development work to advance these hydrogen technologies . Hydrogen will be a key focal area for Phase 2 of the Low Carbon Energy Research ( LCER ) Programme .
Third , the government will work closely with industry and international partners to enable the formation and scaling up of supply chains for low-carbon hydrogen , says Wong . Fourth , the mass deployment of hydrogen will require new infrastructure to import , store and transform the hydrogen into power , says Wong .
Finally , adopting hydrogen will bring about new economic opportunities for Singapore and our enterprises and workers , says Wong . “ Opportunities abound along the hydrogen supply chain — financing , trading , certifying , transporting , storage and deployment . We will work with industry and the education sector to support workforce training . This will put Singaporeans in good stead to capture new opportunities in the global hydrogen economy .”
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In Focus Interview: Lucy Thomas,
Chief Scientist, RSK
& Managing Director, RSK Centre
for Sustainability Excellence
Let’s begin with the RSK Centre for Sustainability
Excellence, which opened in April (see image
below). What are the Centre’s priorities during its
first 12 months?
The RSK Centre for Sustainability Excellence was
created to support the delivery of the Singapore Green
Plan 2030 and support businesses and governments
across the Asia Pacific region in enhancing climate
resilience. The Centre is supported by RSK’s 175
businesses globally that work across the water, food
and drink, energy, and property sectors.
The key priorities are building the RSK brand in
the region and developing relationships with key
stakeholders such as the government, industry, NGOs
(Non-Governmental Organisations) and some of the
educational facilities. The Centre focuses on four key
themes that will help us all deliver the UN Sustainable
• Sustainable agriculture
• Renewable energy
• Climate and sustainability strategy
• Digitalisation, particularly in the water sector
In the first 12 months, we will focus on climate strategy
and digitalisation, as the first is a real priority on a
global scale for measurement and reporting, financial
disclosures, etc. The digitalisation team has been
working with Binnies Singapore, which is now part
of the RSK Group, on the Choa Chu Kang Waterworks
project to increase automation in our water
We are also excited to develop a local talent pool of
sustainability experts – especially in the fields of
climate mitigation and adaptation, climate finance,
development and delivery of strategies, and carbon
off-setting – and data and environmental scientists.
These are supported through our institute for climate
strategy, which will enable us to apply the latest
climate science in our projects through collaboration
with universities in the region.
Why choose Singapore as the location for the
It was always in the RSK Group’s 2025 strategy to enter
this region, and the acquisition of Binnies Singapore
expedited the move. Singapore is also attractive for
its educational system, strong digital skills, the drive,
and innovation to make progress on some of the more
challenging topics such as climate change, and of
course, its status as a financial centre for the region.
The Singapore Government, through the Singapore
Green Plan 2030 – and more recently, the plan to
achieve net zero by 2050 – has developed a noticeably
clear plan to move towards a greener, more sustainable
future. Binnies Singapore, a business that provides
solutions in water infrastructure, gives us a strong
foothold in Singapore, so it seemed the logical home
for the Centre.
Binnies Singapore – which is celebrating its 100th
anniversary this year – has played a key role in
improving Singapore’s water infrastructure, and has
worked on multiple key projects, including the Keppel
Marina East Desalination Plant, and has been selected
by PUB to provide detailed design and construction
supervision for the reconstruction of Choa Chu Kang
Moving on to the broader sustainability agenda in
Singapore, the city-state recently announced it
is considering setting 2050 as its net zero target.
What are your thoughts on this updated timeline,
and where can the public sector focus its efforts to
achieve this goal?
L-R: Mr Robert Charnock, Director, RSK Research
Institute on Climate Strategy and RSK Centre for
Sustainability Excellence (CfSE); Her Excellency
Kara Owen, British High Commissioner; Dr Amy
Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry for
Sustainability and the Environment, Singapore; Mr
Alan Ryder, CEO, RSK Group; Ms Grace Fu, Minister
for Sustainability and the Environment, Singapore;
Ms Lucy Thomas, RSK Group Chief Scientist and
Managing Director of the RSK Centre for Sustain-
ability Excellence; Mr Desmond Tan, Minister of
State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry for
Sustainability and the Environment, Singapore;
and Mr William Yong, Managing Director, Binnies
Singapore at the official launch of the RSK Centre
for Sustainability Excellence. (Photo credit: SIWW
and CESG 2022)
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