Energy Market Authority of Singapore and the International Energy Agency Jointly Host Training Programme on Low Carbon Buildings

27 Jul 2021

More than 200 participants from 17 countries are taking part in the Singapore-IEA Regional Training Programme on Low Carbon Buildings. Held online from 27 to 28 July 2021, this programme brings together policy makers, urban planners, and academia to look at improving energy efficiency and resilience in the built environment and construction sectors.

2. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported that the buildings sector in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) accounted for 23% of final energy use and 24% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, excluding emissions from manufacturing building materials. Globally, buildings are also responsible for 28% of global energy-related CO2 emissions. As one of the fastest developing regions in the world, there is a golden opportunity for ASEAN cities to adopt smart, low-carbon solutions to meet evolving demand in the built environment sector.

3. The two-day training programme will focus on the key themes of energy efficient building material selection, low energy and passive building designs, and smart energy management systems. The training programme will also feature speakers from the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore, the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Green Building Council.

4. Mr Jonathan Goh, Director, External Relations Department, Energy Market Authority (EMA), said: “The theme for this year’s training programme – Low Carbon Buildings – is timely, with more people now living in urban environments than ever before. This comprehensive training programme will aim to facilitate the exchange of best practices and experiences among participants to advance greater sustainability for the building sector.”

5. Ms Mary Warlick, the IEA’s Deputy Executive Director, said: “Now is the time for governments to act and to align economic recovery plans with clean energy transitions to put emissions on a faster and firmer downward trajectory, and energy efficiency is an essential part of these efforts. A focus on efficiency can make transitions cheaper and smoother, while helping ensure reliable and affordable energy supplies for all.”

6. This training programme is the fifth activity under the Singapore-IEA Regional Training Hub initiative, which was launched in 2016 when Singapore became an Association Country of the IEA. The programme represents a key milestone in establishing a network of energy professionals, academics, and urban practitioners to facilitate knowledge exchange and operational capabilities in clean energy transitions.

7. Singapore and the IEA will next co-host the Singapore-IEA Forum on 27 October 2021. It will be held in conjunction with the 14th Singapore International Energy Week taking place from 25 to 29 October.

About the Energy Market Authority

The Energy Market Authority (EMA) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Our main goals are to ensure a reliable and secure energy supply, promote effective competition in the energy market and develop a dynamic energy sector in Singapore. Through our work, we seek to forge a progressive energy landscape for sustained growth.

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About the International Energy Agency

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is at the heart of global dialogue on energy, providing authoritative analysis, data, policy recommendations, and real-world solutions to help countries provide secure and sustainable energy for all. Taking an all-fuels, all-technologies approach, the IEA advocates policies that enhance the reliability, affordability and sustainability of energy. The IEA is supporting clean energy transitions all over the world in order to help achieve global sustainability goals.

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