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Analysts predict upside for wastewater-treatment firms

Singapore

WASTEWATER treatment firms on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) have scored a flurry of contract wins lately, but with the sector currently out of favour among investors, these have barely moved their share prices.

Still, analysts say the fundamentals of the sector remain strong, and that it is only a matter of time before their stock prices catch up.

Citic Envirotech, ...more

Govt R&D in energy: Money well spent?

Government-funded research and development (R&D) in "clean" and "renewable" energy is central to the debate on what governments can do to promote energy security and mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Clean energy R&D in Singapore has received a substantial boost in recent years with several government agencies providing generous funding. Singapore is pursuing growth opportunities in solar ...more

Charged up over clean energy

There's a boyishness that springs to life when Jeremy Bentham talks of his die-hard support for Everton Football Club.

It's a throwback to his early days as the son, grandson and great-grandson of coal miners from Blackpool in north-west England and the time, in 1966, when Everton came back from two goals down to win 3-2 against Sheffield Wednesday in the last 20 minutes of the FA Cup final.

The ...more

Imagining a sustainable Singapore for the future

As Singapore enters midlife, it needs to begin to consider its urban future. After half a century of successful urban planning, what will define the new planning parameters, architecture and development over the next one or two decades?

Or even the next 50 years? The development challenge it faces today is to meet the demands of a growing and increasingly urbanised population, while developing ...more

Singapore 'can help set standards' for the jungle of green bonds

Singapore

AS THE global economy shifts from spending trillions of dollars a year in subsidies for fossil fuels, Singapore can play a leadership role in standardising the issuances of green bonds, said a top economist from Amundi Asset Management.

This comes as there already has been some disquiet about the standards of green bonds, as observers quip that the green bonds are in shades ...more

Solar power capacity soars in Singapore

The capacity for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to generate electricity here has nearly quadrupled in the past three years as solar panels have mushroomed all over Singapore.

The total installed capacity of such systems has swelled from 33.1MW peak (MWp) in 2014 to 129.8MWp in the first quarter of this year, according to data released by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) yesterday.

In ...more

Singapore electricity sector to see shake-up with full liberalisation

Singapore

THE future of Singapore's electricity sector is starting to take shape as the country approaches the last leg of a long journey in the liberalisation of the market.

With 25 electricity retailers slugging it out for a pie of the market that will be fully liberalised next year, the range of new services they will offer - by tapping various new technologies and new business ...more

Power grid revamp among projects for $19b R&D fund

Singapore's power distribution system could see its most ambitious overhaul a decade from now, following research on a new Grid 2.0 power system.

This new energy grid aims to consolidate gas, solar and thermal energy into a single intelligent network, with the end goal of more efficient, sustainable and resilient energy networks.

Plans for Grid 2.0 were unveiled yesterday as the ...more

Hotel vagabond turns carbon-free with carbon credits

Singapore

HOTEL vagabond, a luxury boutique hotel, has become the first hotel in Singapore to become carbon-free after purchasing carbon credits which offset carbon emissions produced in the process of generating electricity that the hotel uses for the next two years.

The United Nations-certified carbon credits were purchased from electricity retailer iSwitch, whose plan for the hotel ...more

New water innovation research facility launched

Singapore

FROM a water-scarce nation to one which has four sources of water, Singapore has made great strides in its quest for water security. But the Republic is not resting on its laurels.

National water agency PUB on Tuesday took steps to beef up research into water supply and innovation, with the launch of a new water research facility, and the inking of two agreements with other ...more

Green shipping: IMO's steering in stormy seas

CAN IMO agree on a realistic greenhouse gas reduction strategy?

The way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships is the big issue this week at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Last week saw the first meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships at IMO headquarters in London. That working group, which met in a closed ...more

Turning industrial waste into green solutions

Q Tell us about the journey of Environmental Solutions. Mr Quek: While working for a waste-management firm back in the 1990s, we had a seed of an idea which germinated into Environmental Solutions a year later. The company initially operated from Siva's kitchen table with just our own computers and no Internet.

At the time, Singapore had many other waste-management companies but they could ...more

Eco-friendly ways to harness natural gas efficiently

We are halfway through 2017, and electricity tariffs have already increased twice. The price rose by 5.7 per cent for the period of January to March, compared with the last quarter of 2016. It went up another 6.1 per cent for April to June.

The driving force behind the increases is none other than the price of natural gas, a fuel that we import to supply about 95 per cent of our electricity.

Natural ...more

Keppel to build world's first dual-mode desalination plant

Singapore

KEPPEL Infrastructure Holdings, a division of Keppel Corporation, is building a dual-mode desalination plant in Marina East - the first of its kind in the world that can treat both seawater and freshwater.

The project is one of three desalination plants being planned that will further enhance Singapore's water resilience as climate change affects weather patterns.

Keppel ...more

Some private-sector firms already doing their part to go green

Even before the public sector unveiled its plans to reduce its electricity and water usage as an example to others, some companies in the private sector had already embarked on green initiatives of their own.

For example, property firm CapitaLand launched its second electronic waste collection drive across seven of its office properties in April.

Its first four-month drive last ...more
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