LED street lighting workshop in Singapore

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1 July 2015

BEIJING: The Climate Group attended a series of critical low carbon business events in Singapore, including a workshop with city lighting managers to discuss LEDs, where there were two key elements discussed.

On November 23, Dr Ben Ferrari, Director of Partnerships, The Climate Group spoke at a Net Positive workshop held as part of the Responsible Business Forum; Building Prosperity with economic, Social and Natural Capital. This was followed by meetings with colleagues from The Climate Change Secretariat and the Land Transport Authority of Singapore on November 26.

The meetings began with a presentation from The Climate Change Secretariat on key climate-related challenges facing Singapore. Sea levels have risen by 5cm over the last 15 years, intense rain events have created significant drainage challenges and heat stress – and associated respiratory issues – have also become a concern.

SINGAPORE CLIMATE ACTION

The 2012 Climate Change Strategy published by the National Climate Change Secretariat, Climate Change and Singapore: Challenges. Opportunities. Partnerships, was also introduced. Energy efficiency is at the core of the emissions reduction strategy set out in this document – with a target of a 35% reduction from 2005 levels in economy wide energy intensity by 2030.

It was also noted that Singapore has committed considerable effort to capacity building to enable energy efficiency gains through initiatives such as the Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) Accreditation Scheme and the Singapore Certified.

New legislation is being introduced to secure efficient use of energy by industry while community action and international engagement are also being promoted. It was agreed LED technology can make a major contribution to the core strategy for emissions reduction and energy efficiency.  

During the event the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) outlined that they have been planning LED implementation for past four years. Singapore has already made significant commitment to LED scale-up and plans are well developed for the roll out of low-wattage LED. Approval has been granted for mass introduction of LED on all ‘minor’ roads with arterial routes being dealt with as a second phase.

SMARTER CITIES

The installation of high-wattage LEDs (200-400W equivalent) in Singapore are currently the subject of further studies and consultation – and these studies are likely to conclude in mid to late 2015. The regional strategy for the introduction of centralized management systems with dimming and other controls is also under review. 

Attendees at the events showed significant interest in the general ‘smart city’ concept, but to date there has been little direct action in terms of using elements of the city lighting infrastructure for mounting sensors and other technology.

There has also been initial trials by the police to install security cameras and CCTV on lighting poles where there is agreement linking LED lighting (white light) illumination and the increased capability to acquire and assess better CCTV images, as a result of the improved color rendition. 


Side Note: March 13, 2015

A follow up meeting in London was held for representatives of the LTA with input and participation from the UK Department of Transport, Amey UK (covering the cities of Birmingham and Sheffield), the UK National Physical Laboratory, FM Conway (London), and Islington Council (London). This meeting provided an additional valuable opportunity for cross learning of experiences and approaches to LED adoption in cities.

The Climate Group’s ongoing 2014 global LED Scale-up consultation aims to help address the remaining key barriers to LED adoption.

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