Singapore Polytechnic (SP) has announced the set-up of its latest research centre — the Environmental Sustainability & Energy Efficiency Centre (ESEE) — at the “Values-Based Green Transition – For Singapore Businesses”, a sustainability networking and knowledge sharing conference organised by SP and its strategic partners, Audacity, Grundfos, JTC Corporation, United Overseas Bank and Singapore Business Federation. Supported by the Singapore Green Building Council, the event is officiated by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, and Ministry of Transport.
The inaugural thought leadership conference is a key platform that brings together the region’s foremost industry partners and business leaders to share their knowledge and renew their commitment on sustainability, as well as to chart tangible and achievable initiatives that combat climate change within their organisations.
The event features knowledge sharing by environmental and industry leaders such as global water solutions provider, Grundfos and sustainable industrial developer, JTC Corporation. The participants shared their goals and best practices in driving sustainability to align with Singapore Green Plan 2030, discussed the impacts of the value-based green transition on businesses, as well as how SP and its strategic partners have supported businesses in their sustainable development transformation.
Moving towards a low-carbon future
Singapore’s transition to a low-carbon economy is critical to ensuring that the nation moves in tandem with the ongoing global efforts on sustainable development as well as to leverage new opportunities in the emerging green economy. Hence, it is important to help enterprises and the workforce harness sustainability as a competitive advantage, invest in innovation and seize new growth opportunities in the green economy.
As a one-stop centre to bridge this gap, the ESEE will support and streamline the green transition journey for large companies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by offering a comprehensive suite of carbon emissions and carbon management consultancy services and solutions to industry partners. These include, among others, a sustainability programme to train them on sustainability, energy and carbon management, and masterclasses on the best industry practices. The ESEE will be looking to collaborate with SMEs from the built environment, manufacturing, cold chain, food services and lifestyle, maritime and engineering services, and electric vehicles and land transport industries.
Additionally, the ESEE will leverage on the polytechnic’s extensive strategic network of industry partners and collaborators through the SP Alliance & Network (SPAN) initiative — which includes government agencies, companies, trade associations and chambers, and SP’s alumni community — to support corporations and SMEs in their climate action journey. EESE’s partnership with SPAN will empowers like-minded enterprises to share resources and knowledge, via a central hub to tackle teething issues such as operational costs and administrative processes, hence translating to more efficient work processes and lower costs in the transition towards sustainable operations.
Soh Wai Wah, principal and CEO of SP, said: “Decarbonisation is a top priority for Singapore today, and all enterprises have a vital role to play in transiting towards a low-carbon future. SP’s new Environmental Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Centre is the one-stop hub where SMEs can expand and deepen their knowledge and understanding of their sustainability strategies and challenges, and gain access to practical solutions to achieve their goals. Together, we will move them closer to net zero in their transformation journey in building greater business resilience as the world goes greener.”