Orient Magazine Issue 89 - November 2022 | Page 28

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 .”
29 IN FOCUS INTERVIEW 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 Development Goals: • 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 infrastructure. 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 Centre? 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 Waterworks. 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) IN FOCUS INTERVIEW