Singapore and Denmark sign new green MOU

Singapore’s Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and Denmark’s Ministry of Environment on 26 February 2020 signed an MoU to strengthen the exchange of information and expertise and to explore new avenues for industry partnerships in developing environmental and sustainable solutions of tomorrow. The MoU does not include funding obligations from the involved parties. 

By using the new five-year roadmap to find partners, showcase solutions and formalise cooperation with Singapore’s forward-think government bodies and some of Asia’s leading industry players, the MoU helps you bring your competencies and solutions to the table in Singapore and beyond. 

The new MoU represents an excellent opportunity to form partnerships, accelerate new activities as well as boost awareness of existing projects & collaborations. 

The Royal Danish Embassy is leading a working group – with participation from key Danish & Singaporean stakeholders – to develop the new MoU’s official working programme. 

Areas in focus 

  • Waste: E-waste, including urban mining, waste incinerator bottom ash and mixed plastics, including plastics waste upcycling. 
  • Water: non-revenue water, water efficiency for domestic and non-domestic sectors and smart technology applications for water management. 
  • Soil Quality: environmental soil quality standards, regulation and enforcement of environmental soil quality standards. 
  • Climate adaption, Circular Economy and Sustainable Development

Listed focus areas are not exhaustive and will be shaped depending on the final partners engaged in the
working programme.

How it works
The MoU sets the frame for how Singapore and Denmark want to cooperate on environmental and sustainable development over the coming five years. The agreement is not funded by the involved parties and should be viewed as a political framework to explore, primarily, six avenues of collaboration: 

  • Exchange information, best practices and expertise, including study visits. 
  • Promote ties between relevant government bodies, such as PUB, NEA, and DEPA. 
  • Encourage partnerships amongst relevant industries, organisations and government agencies on
    sustainable environmental and water management through pilot and demonstration activities. 
  • Encourage cross participation in environmental and water flagship events. 
  • Explore joint research and publication on sustainable environmental and water management. 
  • Explore avenues for technological cooperation and transfer of new technologies.

The MOU actively targets a wide range of key Public and Private stakeholders in Denmark & Singapore of which a selection is outlined below:

Examples of collaboration activities
The following examples include activities from the previous MoU between Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and Denmark’s Ministry of Environment as well as tentative activities under the new MoU: 

  • During SIWW 2014, Grundfos and PUB signed a research MOU to facilitate collaboration between PUB and Grundfos in the development of technologies and solutions of benefits to Singapore (previous MoU). 
  • Research project on Aquaporin-enhanced Biomimetic Membrane Energy-efficient desalination between Aquaporin A/S and the Singapore Membrane Technology Centre (SMTC) of Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI) (previous MoU). 
  • Study trip to Denmark to gain a better understanding of Denmark’s approach to Environmental Soil Quality with emphasis on groundwater / water resource protection (new MoU).