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RESEARCH IN SIMTECH

Sustainability & Life Cycle Management (SLCM) Group

SLCM

INTRODUCTION

The Sustainability and Life Cycle Management (SLCM) group strives to foster a sustainable future, where businesses make profits while making a positive impact on people and the planet. Our philosophy is to apply interdisciplinary science and life cycle thinking in solving sustainability challenges.

We focus our R&D efforts in two key areas:

  1. Sustainable Design & Operations which looks at how resource consumption and waste can be minimised to improve resource efficiency in business operations; and
  2. Sustainability Informatics & Strategy which looks at quantifying sustainability performance and how business models and practices can be transformed to decarbonise operations and recirculate resources within the economy.
Collaborating with partners across A*STAR, universities, and the industry, R&D outcomes are translated into capabilities and tools, enabling companies to improve their resource efficiency, and transit towards a sustainable and circular economy.


CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Managing environment and economic performance through life cycle analytical tools
    • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC)
    • Carbon footprint assessment and reduction
    • Resource flow modelling and simulation

  • Mitigating resource depletion through improving resource efficiency, minimising waste and closing the resource loop
    • Resource management for root cause analysis and efficiency improvement
    • Waste-value stream mapping and waste reduction planning
    • Evaluation for water-energy nexus
    • Eco-efficiency assessment for products, manufacturing processes, systems and services
    • Advanced urban farming systems
    • Sustainable eco-design

  • Transforming business models for sustainability
    • Green Compass
    • Collaboration platform for Industrial Symbiosis
    • Industrial network modelling and simulation
    • Waste-to-resource knowledge discovery
    • Resource knowledge base
    • Circular economy assessment


TECHNOLOGIES FOR LICENSING AND TRANSFER

  • Life Cycle Assessment Platform
    • Validate ‘eco-friendliness’ of processes, products and services over entire life cycle
    • Identify sustainability hotspots and set science-based targets
    • Support eco-design, systematic planning and maximise financial ROI of sustainability initiatives

  • Resource Efficiency Monitoring and Analysis Suite (REMAS)
    • Manage energy, water, waste
    • Reduce costs and related carbon footprints
    • Assist companies in applying data-driven methodologies for visualisation, prediction, and control of resource usage

  • Collaboration Platform for Industrial Symbiosis
    • Identify waste-to-resource exchange opportunities
    • Matchmake companies to establish waste-to-resource exchanges with one another
    • Enable informed decisions to maximise ROI of waste-to-resource exchanges based on data-driven feedback

RESEARCH PARTNERS

  • Institute of Chemical & Engineering Sciences (Singapore)
  • Institute of High Performance Computing (Singapore)
  • Institute of Materials Research & Engineering (Singapore)
  • National University of Singapore
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany)
  • University of Cambridge (UK)
  • University of Warwick (UK)


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