Singapore Cranks Up Energy Efficiency Improvement

SINGAPORE’S Environment and Water Resources Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan stated yesterday that energy efficiency has overtaken sustainable water supply as a critical concern for the republic.

He said: “What has really happened globally is the substitution of one critical vulnerability - water - with another critical vulnerability - energy, simply because the process of reverse osmosis is energy intensive.

Hence he added that Singapore needs to "focus extensively and deeply" on the issue of energy efficiency.

Adding: “So yes, we may not be so vulnerable now to water shortages because you can always produce NEWater or desalinate water, but it means energy is now the main game in town.”

Balakrishnan explained that in Singapore 3.5 kWh of electricity is needed to produce a single cubic metre of water, and there is an urgent need to reduce this by "several orders of magnitude".

Balakrishnan added that new technologies hold the key to increasing energy efficiency.

 

Picture of Singapore by chenisyuan (chenisyuan) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Monday 23rd September 2013


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