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Urban Solutions & Sustainability

Urban Solutions & Sustainability

With Asia being at the heart of the global urbanisation megatrend, governments are being pushed to develop smart and sustainable solutions to mitigate urban problems such as congestion, pollution and environmental degradation. Singapore is home to some of the biggest companies who are innovating, testing and collaborating to develop and commercialise sustainable solutions for Asia.

Smart Sustainable City

Smart Sustainable Cities is Singapore’s effort to harness solutions across industries to ultimately create green, digital and efficient urban spaces. Singapore is well placed to realize this after having successfully exported urban solutions in areas like built environment and city management, urban mobility, energy, safety and security and environment and water. As an urban living laboratory, companies are testing and developing smart city technologies in Singapore that will serve to boost efficiencies and comfort of lives of millions in the region.

Sitting at the heart of Asia, Singapore brings together innovators, managers and financial experts to develop urban solutions for the smart city of the future.

Five key pillars – Infrastructure, Built Environment, Clean Energy, Water & Environment, Urban Mobility – are promoted by EDB. Together, these industries form the Urban and Solutions Sustainability sector, an increasingly important growth area for both the region and Singapore.

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As a key regional services hub, Singapore has a developed eco-system revolving around four key areas in infrastructure - engineering and infrastructure consultancy; legal and accounting advisory services; project financing; and support from multilateral organizations such as the World Bank.


workers are employed by the infrastructure sector. The sector contributes about $2.6 billion in value-add to Singapore’s economy in 2016.



of the top 20 global engineering consultancies have their regional operations based out of Singapore.



of project financing in the Southeast Asia region is managed through Singapore.



of the top 100 international law firms, including those with active infrastructure practices are based in Singapore. The top 5 Singapore law firms are the largest in Southeast Asia with a strong regional practice.


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Built Environment

Singapore is set to be the global leader and innovation hub for smart and sustainable building solutions in Asia. It is striving towards a target of ‘greening’ 80% of its buildings by 2030 through the S$50 million Green Mark Incentive Scheme – the most ambitious target of its kind in the world for a country.


in the world for green buildings in 2016, as ranked by a white paper published by Solidiance.



green buildings in Singapore as at June 2017, equivalent to approximately one-third of Singapore’s buildings.



committed out of S$800 million. The funds, from BCA’s Construction Productivity and Capability Fund, will benefit some 9,000 firms.


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now have adopted Singapore’s Green Mark. The label is developed in Singapore.


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Clean Energy

Driven by technological advancements and regulatory changes, the clean energy sector is seeing strong growth globally. In Singapore, clean energy companies are building capabilities, commercialising their products and exporting them to the rest of the world.


top solar companies in Singapore. Singapore is the solar hub for Asia, with over 50 international and local solar companies across manufacturing, project development and financing.



floating photovoltaic testbed. In 2016, Singapore launched the world’s largest floating photovoltaic (PV) testbed on Tengah reservoir.



eco-business park in the region. Commissioned in 2013, Singapore’s CleanTech Park is the first eco-business park in the region. The park facilitates R&D and test-bedding of clean technology and solutions through its plug-and-play environment.



largest microgrids platform in the tropics. ERI@N operates the Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator – Singapore (REIDS), which is the largest microgrids platform in the tropics. The REIDS platform allows for co-innovation and development of microgrids solutions.


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Water & Environment

Faced with the challenge of ensuring self-sufficiency in water, Singapore has used technology to innovate and develop new water management and treatment technologies such as water reclamation and seawater desalination. Today, the country has transformed its vulnerability in water into a strength. 


water companies based in Singapore. Singapore is recognised as a ‘Global Hydrohub’ and arguably home to the densest concentration of water companies globally.



university in the world for water research. In 2013, Lux Research ranked NUS and NTU the top 2 universities in the world for water research. Singapore excelled particularly in the fields of membrane, water reuse and desalination. 



pilot project conducted by PUB with companies since 2006. Global players such as Suez Water Technologies & Solution and Black & Veatch are developing solutions locally and emulating them abroad, affirming Singapore’s position at the forefront of environmental innovation.



(SGD) committed by the government to fund innovation and capability development in the water industry since 2016. In 2015, the sector contributes about S$2.25 billion to Singapore’s gross domestic product and provides 14,000 jobs.


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Urban Mobility

As a small and densely populated country, Singapore depends on efficient and effective transportation solutions to overcome land and manpower constraints. The city-state presents real and challenging use-cases, making Singapore an attractive lead market and location for companies to develop, test and commercialise smart mobility technologies and solutions that can be exported to the global market.


Electric Vehicle Car-Sharing service to be piloted with 2,000 charging stations from December 2017.



self-driving taxi trial in the world. The world’s first self-driving mobility-on-demand trial (nuTonomy) was launched in Singapore in 2016, as part of the government’s larger efforts to deploy AVs in Singapore.



mobility startups acquired by MNCs in 2017. Quantum Inventions and nuTonomy were acquired by Continental and Delphi (now Aptiv) for more than half a billion Singapore Dollars.



city in the world to manage congestion through an electronic road pricing system. Singapore will be deploying a satellite-based road pricing system by 2020.