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THE ISSUE

USING CLEAN ENERGY HELPS COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

The use of conventional energy sources such as fossil fuels to power Singapore results in the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. This also contributes to climate change.

Clean energy sources can help us meet our energy needs while minimising the environmental impact.

However, our small land area, geographical location and other physical attributes make it hard for us to adopt other kinds of energy sources. We are dependent on fossil fuel imports for our energy needs and have limited access to alternative energy sources.

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THE CHALLENGE

DIFFICULTIES IN INCREASING USE OF CLEAN ENERGY

Singapore is an "alternative energy-disadvantaged" country, as recognised under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We lack the natural characteristics necessary to make use of non-fossil alternatives such as hydroelectricity, wind energy and geothermal energy.

Solar power is one possible renewable energy source we can adopt but there are many factors affecting its viability:

  • limited land and rooftop space for deployment;
  • amount of cloud cover and humidity;
  • overall efficiency of the technology;
  • the ability of the power system and grid infrastructure to cope with fluctuations in energy supply

OUR EFFORTS

MONITORING OUR ENERGY USAGE AND RESEARCH INTO CLEANER SOURCES

Switching to less-carbon intensive fuels

While we cannot completely do without conventional energy sources, we are using more natural gas, which is the cleanest of fossil fuels, to cut down our emissions.

Exploring the use of solar energy in housing estates and beyond

Test-bedding solar energy is a whole-of-Singapore effort. The HDB has begun test-bedding solar energy since April 2009, installing solar panels in 30 housing estates across the island over 5 years. There is also an existing test-bed on Marina Barrage, the Met Service’s Centre for Climate Research Singapore (CCRS), as well as at various government facilities.

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