S’pore can raise its climate ambition by diversifying energy sources: PAP MP Tan Wu Meng – Mothership.SG
There is scope for Singapore to diversify its electricity sources, reduce its carbon footprint and increase its climate ambition, Jurong GRC MP Tan Wu Meng told parliament on Monday, February 28, the first day of the debate. on the 2022 budget statement.
Tan, a former principal parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs, trade and industry, called on Singapore to raise its climate ambition “by getting ahead of the market” and investing in diversifying Singapore’s electricity sources.
Tan noted that energy security is existential for Singapore.
Currently, around 95% of Singapore’s electricity is generated from natural gas, he observed.
Tan said this is a “serious concentration of risk”, adding that electric vehicles will further concentrate this risk.
Diversifying Singapore’s Electricity Sources
Tan made two suggestions for diversifying Singapore’s energy sources.
First, Tan proposed that Singapore lead the market and be a hydrogen hub, especially in the area of low-carbon hydrogen.
He noted that there is already interest in hydrogen production and trade around Singapore.
This means that the start of hydrogen-based power generation and fuel cell capacity will help Singapore develop the experiment to the scale needed, he said.
Second, Tan suggested that the government should monitor developments in nuclear energy – both fission and fusion – very closely.
For nuclear fission, Singapore should continue to assess the safety of small modular reactors and whether a future generation of small modular reactors could be deployed safely.
For nuclear fusion, Tan noted that although it is still early days, there are promising developments in the UK.
He observed that a team from the Joint European Torus (JET) facility near Oxford in December 2021 managed to generate enough energy to power 35,000 homes in five seconds.
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