Asia/Pacific, Energy, Environment, Facilities, Federal Government, Green Design, Sustainability, Water
Green Future for Singapore
Applying CDM Smith's Urban Systems Model To Eco-Park Development
Singapore is rapidly evolving as a global green hub, and while it only accounts for 0.2 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, Singapore continues to invest heavily—the Singapore government allocated approximately $170 million towards the clean energy industry in 2008. The significant investment sees the development of Singapore’s first eco-business park, CleanTech Park. The park will provide a platform for environmentally focussed industries to exhibit and apply their green sustainable practices and technologies, such as solar power, water reduction or fuel cells, to the park’s infrastructure. The park will be developed over three stages by Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) and aims to be completed by 2030.
Prior to commencing phase 1 of the CleanTech Park project, JTC engaged CDM Smith to help explore development in the most suitable area, identify design and technology alternatives, consider the ways to measure success, and examine tradeoffs among design and technology alternatives. To achieve the project objectives, CDM Smith applied its Urban Systems Model (USM) to generate a simulated performance of the site and provide a quantitative analysis of design and technology. The USM was applied during the planning stage to provide JTC with greater design guidance for renewable energy supply mix, demand-side energy reduction strategy, water supply alternatives, demand-side water reduction strategy, GHG reduction assessment, and capital and operations and maintenance estimation. An early version of USM, developed by CDM Smith’s Neysadurai Centre for Integrated Urban Solutions, was used for the evaluation.
CDM Smith helped to define the suite of potential sustainability key performance indicators (KPIs) and associated targets for the CleanTech Park. By applying the USM, CDM Smith profiled various development scenarios and technologies, evaluated their ability to perform above conventional development practices, and allowed decision makers to turn these technologies on or off. This process allowed an understanding of how varying scenarios contributed to their KPIs, an estimated cost premium and an approximate return-on-investment period.
Integrating the environment, land use, economy, society and infrastructure, JTC’s innovative CleanTech Park is a global lead for excellence in sustainable development, attracting intellectual assets to promote ongoing advancement of sustainable technologies.