Singapore Eyes Low-Carbon Hydrogen and CCUS to Meet Climate Action Commitments

Jul 2021

The Singapore government plans to incorporate low-carbon hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies as part of its efforts to meet commitments to climate action which are set out in its enhanced 2030 Nationally Determined Contribution and Long-Term Low-Emissions Development Strategy, as well as Singapore Green Plan 2030.

It will incorporate findings from two feasibility studies – the “Study of Hydrogen Imports and Downstream Applications for Singapore”, which was jointly commissioned by the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and Energy Market Authority (EMA)), and “Carbon Capture, Storage, and Utilisation: Decarbonisation Pathways for Singapore’s Energy and Chemicals Sectors”, which was jointly commissioned by NCCS and EDB.

Hydrogen has the potential to diversify Singapore’s fuel mix towards low-carbon options for electricity generation, heavy transportation and some industrial processes. As for CCUS, the study on carbon capture, storage, and utilization identified carbon dioxide emissions, mainly from power plants and industrial facilities, that could be captured and stored in suitable sub-surface geological formations (i.e. CCS) or converted into useful products (i.e. CCU).

The findings from these two studies included feedback from the industry and research community, and will support existing Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) efforts, such as the SGD 49 million (USD 36 million) Low Carbon Energy Research (LCER) Funding Initiative, a multi-agency effort involving the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), EDB, EMA, NCCS and the National Research Foundation (NRF).

It will also be used to guide private sector consortiums such as those led by Keppel DC, Chiyoda, and Itochu on the deployment of low-carbon solutions, and the development of the hydrogen supply chain. Singapore will also seek to partner with other countries to advance emerging low-carbon technological solutions in light of these reports.

(Source: Energy Market Authority Singapore)

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