Countries around the world have pledged to meet Net Zero Emission to prevent temperatures rising by more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
Investing in renewable energy is one of the key strategies to help countries meet such targets.
Renewable energy is energy generated from sources that are naturally replenished. These include solar, wind and tidal energy.
As opposed to renewable energy, non-renewable energy sources are fossil fuels that include coal and natural gas.
Countries are focusing on renewable energy to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels that contribute to substantial greenhouse gas emissions.
While Singapore has limited renewable energy options, the government has been funding R&D in this area.
If you have noticed, solar panels have sprung up at the rooftops of some HDB blocks.
Singapore targets to deploy at least 2 GWp of solar energy by 2030, which is equivalent to powering about 350,000 households for 1 year1.
Singapore also launched the National Hydrogen Strategy in October 2022 to accelerate the transition to net zero emission, with the possibility for hydrogen to supply up to half of power needs in Singapore by 20502.
The above strategies, amongst others, are part of Singapore’s aim to meet to meet Net Zero Emission by 2050.
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1/ Details at the Energy Market Authority website at www.ema.gov.sg
2/ Details at the Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore website www.mti.gov.sg