Sustainable Infrastructure

White Paper 


Thrust 2: Sustainable Infrastructure

Thrust Leaders: Assoc Prof Wang Jing-Yuan
Assoc Prof Tseng King Jet

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JTC Co-leaders: Sn PrECS/ Ng Kian Wee
PrECS/ Loh Wai Soong

Focus Area:
  • Brownfield rehabilitation & Remediation
  • Industrial waste & wastewater treatment
  • Smarter water utilization
  • Eco-materials & recycling
  • Waste to Profit network
  • Energy efficiency
  • Total carbon and water footprint management
  • Renewable & clean energy
  • Alternative “clean & green” fuel source
  • Off-site production techniques that would improve construction time and reduce resource wastage and carbon footprint
  • Real Time Information Management
  • Waste Heat Utilization & Management
  • District Level smart systems for energy, water, resource efficiency, etc.
  • Off-site systems for power generation, waste management, etc.
  • Waste to resource e.g. black water treatment for bio-fuels production
  • Industrial Ecology – Waste of one company as resource of another, cradle to cradle construction, manufacturing, etc.

Singapore is a resource poor country. It relies heavily on importation of resources for power generation, construction, manufacturing and other economic activities. This is coupled with the growing awareness on environmental pollution and resource depletion caused by mining and deforestation for economic and agricultural activities that is increasing the global carbon footprint. Also, there are campaigns by environmental activists lobbying against countries that rely heavily on importation of resources for their economic development that would undermine the environmental quality of the exporting nations. There is now greater impetus for JTC to pursue sustainable industrial infrastructure development in support of Singapore’s economic advancement.

The aim of this thrust is to collaborate with NTU to develop economically viable and Sustainable Innovative Industrial Infrastructure solutions in areas of land intensification & optimization, sustainable construction, construction productivity, energy and water efficiencies, resource optimization, resource recovery and reuse from wastes, recycling for environmental sustainability, rehabilitation and remediation of landfills for reclaiming brownfield sites, reduction of carbon & water footprint, intelligent systems for resource, waste and energy management, so that Singapore can be more self-sufficient through reduction of its dependency on importation of resources and yet maintain its long-term competitiveness and economic progress. Upon successful living lab test-bedding, the technologies developed that are proven can be exported. Thus, allowing a platform for local companies to grow globally.