EDF and Singapore, in partnership with Veolia Environnement, innovate to build the city of the future
On the occasion of the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum in Bilbao and in the presence of the Minister for National Development of Singapore, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, EDF and its partner Veolia signed, on June 14, 2013, a cooperation agreement with the Housing Development Board of Singapore [HDB], the country’s main urban housing builder, to develop a ground-breaking urban modelling IT tool. Developed thanks to EDF and Veolia’s long-standing expertise in delivering public sector services and based on 3D visualisation and simulation techniques, this tool will allow the city of Singapore to compare various urban planning strategies in order to identify the most appropriate model.
This tool will facilitate collaboration with the Singaporean authorities in the following fields in particular: energy-efficiency and air conditioning systems in buildings, domestic waste collection, the integration of solar panels into buildings, the development of green roofs, as well as local water recycling. Incorporating maps and 3D representations as well as graphs and tables, this IT tool will initially be developed on the basis of the residential district of Jurong East, in Western Singapore.
The signing of this agreement marks the first step of an ambitious long-term collaboration on projects for sustainable cities. This partnership aims also to create a new centre of excellence dedicated to research into urban planning, supported by an other important player of Singapore, the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB). The goal is to address the ambitious challenges facing Singapore and, by using the experience of this flagship city, to help other cities in Asia to manage their complex urban planning decision-making.
Outside the summit, EDF Senior Vice Executive President, R&D, Bernard Salha stated: “EDF is particularly proud of entering into collaboration today with the City-State of Singapore to develop an innovative urban monitoring tool in furtherance of sustainable city development. The problems inherent in urban development lie at the core of the new services that the EDF Group intends to develop, and the agreement signed today with Singapore constitutes a crucial step in their resolution.”Dr Cheong Koon Hean, Chief Executive Officer of HDB, said: “HDB is pleased to embark on this collaboration with EDF and Veolia to develop this new modelling tool. This is a sophisticated tool that will simulate complex urban scenarios and help HDB planners analyse and determine the best combination of strategies using both design and technological solutions. Ultimately, it will help us create a better living environment that will benefit our residents.”
Mr Yeoh Keat Chuan, Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) said: “The establishment of EDF’s new Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cities will add to the vibrancy of the urban sustainability and clean technology sector in Singapore. These projects also affirm Singapore’s attractiveness as a Living Lab where companies can develop, trial and commercialize innovative solutions in a real-life environment, in collaboration with our government agencies.”
EDF group, one of the leaders in the European energy market, is an integrated energy company active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading. The Group is the leading electricity producer in Europe. In France, it has mainly nuclear and hydropower generation facilities where 95.9% of the electricity output is CO2-free. EDF’s transmission and distribution subsidiaries in France operate 1,285,000 km of low and medium voltage overhead and underground electricity lines and around 100,000 km of high and very high voltage networks. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 28.6 million customers in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €72.7 billion in 2012, of which 46.2% outside of France. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.