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RIE2025 funding for resource circularity, air quality monitoring and water technologies339https://www.pub.gov.sg/news/pressreleases/2022PR03RIE2025 funding for resource circularity, air quality monitoring and water technologies7/3/2022 4:00:00 PMIssue DateOverview<p>​​​​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>$220 MILLION ALLOCATED TO DRIVE NEW INITIATIVES IN WATER TECHNOLOGIES AND RESOURCE CIRCULARITY UNDER RIE2025  </strong></p>​ <p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong>8 </strong><strong>MARCH 2022</strong> – The Government has allocated $220 million under the Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2025 (RIE2025) Urban Solutions & Sustainability (USS) domain to drive new initiatives in water technologies and resource circularity. This draws from the National Research Fund, under the five-year RIE2025 tranche. These initiatives will help us achieve our ambitious Singapore Green Plan 2030 targets while optimising our limited resources.</p>​ <p style="text-align:justify;">​<strong>Closing the Resource Loop Funding Initiative</strong></p> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;text-align:justify;"> ​2. Of this, the Na​tional Environment Agency (NEA) will administer a new $80 million Closing the Resource Loop (CTRL) Funding Initiative that supports the Green Plan and the Zero Waste Masterplan. The funding will support research and development (R&D) on sustainable resource recovery solutions for key waste streams such as e-waste, plastics and food, and finding useful and safe applications for treated waste residues.​</span>​<br>​ <p style="text-align:justify;">3. The new $80 million CTRL Funding Initiative will build upon the R&D work carried out under the earlier Waste-to-Energy (WtE) programme and the Closing the Waste Loop (CTWL) Funding Initiative. The CTRL Funding Initiative will support the implementation of the waste-related initiatives under the Green Plan through capabilities arising from the​ R&D, with greater efforts on technology translation and test-bedding efforts. CTRL will contribute to our efforts to pursue a circular economy approach under the Zero Waste Masterplan to achieve a sustainable, resource-efficient, and climate-resilient Singapore.<em> </em>[See <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Annex A</span> for more details.]</p>​ <p style="text-align:justify;">​<strong>Centres of Excellence Programme for Water Technology R&D</strong></p>​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;text-align:justify;">4. Another $87 million has been allocated to support R&D efforts in three water technology focus areas: (i) Desalination and Water Reuse; ii) Used Water Treatment; and iii) Waste Reduction and Resource Recovery under the RIE2025. The funding will go towards supporting the Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Separation Technologies Applied Research and Translation (START) under the Centre of Excellence (CoE) Programme. These Centres of Excellence have amassed considerable capabilities in R&D, attracting talent and investments from all over the world, and enriching Singapore's water industry.</span><br>​<br>​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;text-align:justify;">5. The investments in these Centres of Excellence will go towards developing high impact solutions for our national water needs. It will also be an economic multiplier and will spur private sector R&D spending, jobs creation and technology spin-offs in the water industry and adjacent sectors. For example, under RIE2020, NEWRI has deployed nine technologies with local and global applications in areas such as water purification, and anchored investments from global companies in Singapore.</span><br>​ ​ <p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong>New Desalination Integrated Validation Plant to be Commissioned </strong></p>​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;text-align:justify;"> 6. In RIE2025, PUB will require START to build on its existing achievements and deepen its expertise in separate technologies for desalination through the design and operation of a Desalination Integrated Validation Plant (IVP). The IVP will integrate the most promising technologies, configure and optimise them at the system level to validate if lower energy consumption and superior performance can be achieved. If successful, the IVP will reduce the system-level energy consumption of desalination to <2kWh/m<sup>3</sup>, taking PUB one step closer to attaining net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century. [See <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Annex B</span> for more details.]</span><br><br>​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;text-align:justify;"> 7. Through our investments in RIE2025, we will continue to create and capture economic value, and find new solutions that can help Singapore and the rest of the world move towards a green and low-carbon future.</span><br><br>​ <p style="text-align:center;"> - End -</p>​ <p style="text-align:justify;">​ <strong>About the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment</strong></p>​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;text-align:justify;">​The Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) is committed to providing Singaporeans with a clean and sustainable environment, and resilient supplies of safe food and water.</span><br><br><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;text-align:justify;">MSE works alongside its three statutory boards – the National Environment Agency (NEA), PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency, and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) – to achieve this mission through innovation, technology, and vibrant partnerships with the private, public, and people (3P) sectors.</span><br><br>​ ​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;text-align:justify;">​For more information, please visit ​<a href="http://www.mse.gov.sg/">http://www.mse.gov.sg/</a><br> <table style="border:none;"><tbody><tr><td> <a href="http://www.facebook.com/MSEsingapore">Facebook​​ </a>​</td><td> <a href="http://www.instagram.com/msesingapore">IG ​​</a></td><td> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/c/msesingapore">Youtube </a></td><td> <a href="https://twitter.com/MSEsingapore">Twitter ​​​​</a></td></tr></tbody></table>​ <p style="display:none;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;text-align:justify;">​<a href="http://www.facebook.com/MSEsingapore">@MSEsingapore</a>     <a href="http://www.instagram.com/msesingapore">@MSEsingapore</a><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">​</span>    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/c/msesingapore">@MSEsingapore</a>    <a href="https://twitter.com/MSEsingapore">@MSEsingapore</a></span><br><br>​​</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:right;"> <span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">ANNEX A </span></p>​ <div style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;"> <strong>CLOSING THE RESOURCE LOOP FUNDING INITIATIVE</strong></span>​​</div>​<br><br>​ <strong>Background</strong><br><br>​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">In 2014, NEA was awarded $25 million under RIE2015 for the Waste-to-Ene​rgy (WtE) programme to enhance energy and resource recovery from Singapore's municipal solid waste via R&D. In 2017, a further $45 million was awarded to NEA under RIE2020 for the Closing the Waste Loop (CTWL) Funding Initiative. Both are intended to tackle the challenges posed by the increasing generation of waste, scarcity of resources and land constraints for waste management through R&D.</span><br><br>​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;text-align:justify;">2. ​Singapore's Zero Waste Masterplan, launched in 2019, charts the path towards the vision of a Zero Waste Nation. It sets out national waste management targets to: </span><br><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">a) Achieve a 70 per cent overall recycling rate; and</span><br>​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">b) ​Reduce the amount of waste sent to Semakau Landfill per capita per day by 30 per <br> <span style="display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">​cent by 2030.</span>​​</span><br><br>​ ​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;text-align:justify;">3.​ Under the Singapore Green Plan 2030, the goal is to frontload national efforts and achieve a 20 per cent reduction in waste-to-landfill per capita per day within five years (or by 2026).</span><br><br>​ ​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;text-align:justify;">4. Our efforts to close the waste loops of three key priority waste streams – e-waste, packaging (including plastic) waste and food waste – will contribute to achieving national waste targets and extending the lifespan of Semakau Landfill beyond 2035. The Green Plan also strengthens Singapore's commitments under the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.</span><br><br>​ ​ <p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong>Closing the Resource Loop (CTRL) Funding Initiative </strong></p>​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;text-align:justify;">5. The main objectives ​for the CTRL Funding Initiative are as follows:</span><br> ​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">a) Increase resource recovery: To achieve 70 per cent overall recycling rate by 2030;</span><br>​<span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">b) ​Increase landfill lifespan: To reduce the daily per-capita amount of waste sent to<br><span style="display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">​landfill by 20 per cent by 2026, and 30 per cent by 2030, thereby extending the lifespan<br></span><span style="display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">of ​​Semakau Landfill beyond 2035; and</span>​<br>​<span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">c) ​Promote environmental sustainability: To develop sustainable and environmentally<br></span><span style="display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">friendly solutions, that are adopted ​and commercialised.</span>​<br><br>​​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;text-align:justify;">6. ​Additional goals for the CTRL Funding Initiative include raising digitalisation and automation, as well as mitigating carbon emissions, which apply across the following three R&D tracks:</span><br>​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;"> <strong>a) ​Resource Recovery:</strong> Treatment and recovery of resources from three key waste<br><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">​streams: e-waste, plastic waste, and food waste, as well as other waste streams such<br><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">​​as ​paper, horticulture, and wood generated in large quantities;</span><br><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;"><strong>b) ​Residues as Resources:</strong> Treatment of residue streams, e.g., incineration bottom<br><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">​​ash, incineration fly ash, non-incinerable waste and mixed materials that can be <br><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">​recovered from Semakau Landfill and their safe applications of these treated materials<br><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">​(e.g., non-structural concrete, caisson infill, sea embankment and land reclamation);<br><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">​and</span><br>​<span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;"><strong>c) ​Rethinking Energy from Waste:</strong> Novel solutions to maximise energy and resource<br><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">​recovery and minimise carbon footprint.</span><br><br>​ <p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong>Upcoming plans for CTRL Funding Initiative</strong></p> ​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;">7.​ NEA will be launching a series of competitive grant calls along these R&D tracks over the next five years. Institutes of higher learning, research institutes and private sector partners are welcome to participate in these grant calls. </span> <br> <br>​ ​ <p style="text-align:center;">- End -</p> <p style="text-align:right;"> <span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">ANNEX B </span></p> ​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;"> <strong>CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAMME FOR WATER TECHNOLOGY R&D</strong>​</span><br>​<br>​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">T​he Centre of Excellence (CoE) Programme, established in 2006, aims to develop world-class research centres in key water technology areas. The CoE Programme provides funding to CoEs located within our local Institutes of Higher Learning to build up critical R&D expertise, engage industry in collaborative innovation and research, and also serve as training receptacles for R&D talent.</span><br><br>​​​​​2. ​Formed in 2008, the Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI) is a global research institute based in the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). It has been carrying out research activities with PUB and the industry, to reduce the water sector's energy dependency, improve real-time water quality monitoring, and reduce industrial water consumption. In RIE2020, NEWRI was awarded funding to build strong linkages with the industry and develop technologies with strong commercialisation potential. ​<br><br>​​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;">3. Separation Technologies Applied Research and Translation (START) was launched in 2016 to translate innovative technologies to commercial products. Over the past five years, START has developed broad capabilities in membrane fabrication at industrial scale; the design, construction and testing of elements and modules; and the design of pilot systems for testing in real-life scenarios. This has enabled START to conduct 15 translational projects involving collaborations with industry.</span><br><br>​​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;">4. CoEs will work on new technologies that contribute to the key outcomes of:</span><br><br>​​​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">a) Reducing energy consumption of desalination from current R&D achievement of<br>​<span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">​​2.6kWh/m<sup>3</sup> to <2kWh/m<sup>3</sup></span></span>​<br>​ <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">b) Improving used water treatment energy self-sufficiency from current R&D <br> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">​achievement of 85% to 95%</span>​</span><br><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">c) ​Reducing the amount of dewatered sludge to be incinerated from 0.16 kg dry<br><span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30.24px;display:inline-block;text-indent:30px;">solids/m<sup>3</sup> used water to 0.11 kg dry solids/m<sup>3</sup> used water</span></span>​<br><br>​ <p style="text-align:center;">- End -</p>​</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>​</span>