Grundfos has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Singapore Polytechnic (SP) to co-develop energy and water efficient smart solutions that are aimed at supporting industries in Singapore in their efforts to be sustainable, through collaboration, talent development, and sustainability education.
In alignment with the Singapore Green Plan 2030, Grundfos and SP will jointly explore and develop smart sustainable solutions for industries, as well as driving initiatives focused on the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDG) such as SDG6 for Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG13 for Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns for climate action.
Humphrey Lau, group senior vice-president, global industry business, Grundfos, said: “With industries being the most energy-intensive sector in Singapore, we believe sustainable manufacturing technologies are key to reducing Singapore’s carbon footprint, while also strengthening its position as the regional manufacturing industry hub. By tapping into Internet of Things and moving industries towards digitalisation, the smart sustainable solutions that can be expected from this partnership will ultimately help industries strengthen their business through sustainable operations.”
The partnership will see both parties contributing complementary expertise, knowledge, and talent that will advance sustainability efforts for industries. SP will facilitate the various touchpoints between academia and industry, while Grundfos will tap into its extensive network and industry knowledge to provide staff and students with the necessary resources and industry opportunities to successfully co-develop innovative sustainable solutions. These solutions will be subsequently implemented with industry manufacturers in Singapore through pilot projects.
To achieve this, the three-year partnership will focus on sustainability education and talent development. Grundfos and SP will look to roll out a comprehensive range of solution packages, projects, events, courses, and trainings to proactively promote sustainability and smart sustainability to the industry, which includes webinar sharing sessions, seminars, and conferences.
To build talent pipelines and foster talent development, Grundfos will also be working with SP across various programmes such as mentorship programmes, book prizes, student projects, and internships. One such initiative includes Grundfos’ sponsorship of the annual book prizes for SP’s School of Chemical & Life Sciences.
Eric Lai, regional managing director, industry – Asia-Pacific and country director for Singapore, Grundfos, added: “Both Asia and Singapore have set ambitious targets towards greater sustainability, and given Grundfos’ footprint in the region and Singapore, we see a growing role for us to help drive progress in this sustainability journey. We see partnering with local educational institutes like SP as the first step towards uncovering new thinking and innovation while also inspiring the next generation of industry leaders.”
Both Grundfos and SP are kick-starting this initiative with a pilot project at Grundfos’ facility in Singapore. This will include feasibility studies followed by implementation of a rainwater harvesting system, solar power as alternative power source at the facility and applying digital solutions in the production building. The final outcome of this pilot project will help Grundfos’ building further reduce its water and carbon footprint.