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Singapore a perfect testbed for green transport solutions

AFTER years of wrangling, the Paris Agreement On Climate Change took effect last Nov 4. A key element of the convention is "sustainable mobility" - no surprise given the environmental impact of transportation, which produces around 23 per cent of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Singapore is uniquely positioned to act as a testbed for green transport solutions. It is able to readily cr...


Sembcorp wins 19b rupee wind power project in India

SEMBCORP Industries has won the bid for a wind power project in India which is estimated to cost some 19 billion rupees (S$405 million). The project, which will have a capacity of close to 250 megawatts (MW), will be located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and connected to India's central transmission utility. Sembcorp's renewable energy business in India, Sembcorp Green Infra, received a let...


Energy efficiency: The fifth fuel or fool's gold?

The famous American physicist and environmental scientist Amory Lovins coined the term "fifth fuel" almost three decades ago to represent units of power saved by energy efficiency. Improved energy efficiency leads to less energy being used in delivering services such as heating, lighting or transport. After coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear power, he argued, the fifth fuel or "saved energy" is o...


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