Youths today play a vital role in shaping the future of Singapore's energy landscape, be it as members of the energy workforce, smart energy consumers or getting involved in energy research and development.
This was the message conveyed by Minister S Iswaran to 250 students at this year's In Dialogue with Youth, which was held during SIEW 2013. The session was attended by Energy Ministers from Brunei and the State of Queensland, Australia. Mr Neil McGregor, CEO of Singapore LNG Corporation and Mr Darrell Zhang, Founder of Intraix Pte Ltd kick-started the discussions.
Many students believe that clean energy is the key to ensuring Singapore's energy sustainability. They discussed pertinent issues like Singapore's strategy to adopt renewable energy such as solar and the roll-out of clean energy technologies. The interest in this was evident with 50 percent of youths choosing clean energy sector as a career option.
Helping smaller energy consumers to adopt energy efficient measures was another concern highlighted by the students. One suggestion was for the government to research and develop cost-effective turnkey solutions that would aid these smaller energy consumers to think and act in a more energy efficient way.
Wrapping up the session, Minister Iswaran presented Team Ramen from Raffles Design Institute the top prize for winning the Youth for Energy Video Competition. The video showcased the importance of energy efficiency and shared examples on how to be smart consumers.
Six educational institutions – ITE Central, East and West, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic and the National University of Singapore – exhibited 10 creative energy projects at the inaugural Youth Energy Showcase. The projects ranged from an eco-friendly advertisement board that would automatically dim the intensity of its LED bulbs when no human presence is detected, to a road barricade light powered by wind energy from passing vehicles to warn motorist of approaching hazards. During his tour of the exhibits, Minster Iswaran encouraged the students to continue contributing ideas on the development of new technologies and solutions to help Singapore achieve a secure, competitive and sustainable energy future.