Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is a research-intensive global university with strong focus on sustainability science. Check out their #ClimateActionSG journey here!

NTU’s journey in sustainability begins with developing engineering and water solutions to meet the challenges of Singapore. NTU’s Sustainability commitment was formalised in 2010 with Sustainable Earth as one of the Peaks of Research Excellence. The Sustainable Earth initiative continues to be the most prominent focus area for NTU in NTU 2020 strategic blueprint.

NTU’s Climate Action goals includes:

  • 35% reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy, Water and Waste intensity by 2020.
  • To replace existing campus fleet to carbon free vehicles
  • To retrofit existing buildings and design new buildings in the NTU campus to achieve 100% Green Mark Platinum Certification
  • To develop more academic courses related to environment and sustainability sciences
  • Develop spin offs/start-ups in the CleanTech/ sustainability domain
  • Increase industry collaboration and partnerships linked to sustainability
  • To organise and increase sustainability awareness/outreach activities

Sustainability is about survivability.

Despite the physical constrains, Singapore envisions to be an example of a sustainable metropolis – a highly dense and liveable city. However, being a small, low-lying island city-state, we are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Both climate mitigation and adaptation approach requires intensive technological advancement, research and development.

Aerial view of NTU featuring 5 MWp Polycrystalline Solar Panel, producing 3–5% of the university electricity needs making the NTU more sustainable.

To address current and future challenges for Singapore, we need technological solutions. At NTU, we take this as a challenge to innovate and develop solutions for a Sustainable Metropolis. NTU strives for excellence in sustainable technologies and solutions, and hopes to drive the Singapore’s economy and technology sector as it creates capabilities and opportunities highly sought for by many metropolis or megacities.

Through the recently-established NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity, we not only seek smart technological solutions to improve efficiency and environmental sustainability, but also strive to improve the human condition and well-being by optimising how humans will interact with technology.

NTU’s EcoCampus Tour

In the era of digitisation, organisations also need to embrace technologies and take advantage of its full potential. As NTU transform into a “Smart Campus”, the smart physical infrastructure can serve as the “neural network” for a sustainable campus.

Digitisation and Internet of Things (IoT) not only increase process efficiency; they also give organisations clarity and control over operation via data analytics, and increasing resource efficiency in operations management.

One of these Smart initiatives in NTU includes the upcoming implementation of Integrated Building Management System (iBMS) which enable real-time information, centralised control, coordination and management to energy management, including air-conditioning and lighting. The iBMS complements NTU’s goals of 100% BCA Green Mark Platinum buildings.

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