How might we reduce Singapore’s carbon emissions by helping businesses and households better manage and reduce their energy consumption?
Singapore’s energy consumption increased 15% between 2013 and 2019. Buildings (residential and non-residential) account for around half of the country’s consumption. In Southeast Asia, the growth in energy demand is amongst the fastest in the world, and that means increased burning of more fossil fuels.
Along with the increase in the supply of renewable energy, as outlined in the Green Plan 2030, there is also an urgent need to improve our energy efficiency to reduce our energy demand.
One of the key targets of Green Plan 2030 is "80-80-80 by 2030":
“Green” 80% of Singapore's buildings (by Gross Floor Area) by 2030, up from the current 40%;
80% of new buildings (by Gross Floor Area) to be Super Low Energy buildings from 2030; and
Best-in-class green buildings to see 80% improvement in energy efficiency (over 2005 levels) by 2030
At the same time, we aim to reduce energy consumption in HDB towns by 15%, as HDB adopts new technologies to improve ventilation and reduce heat gain.
New technologies and applications could enable residents to better monitor and optimise their use of appliances and equipment. The same goes for business leaders. Data is power. Greater visibility and control over their electricity usage enables them to conserve energy and save money. It is also well accepted that if people -- as well as organisations -- are aware how their usage levels compare to their peers, they are more inclined to modify their own behaviours.
Useful links:Singapore energy statisticsEnergy Efficient SingaporeBuilding energy efficiency R&D roadmap