Singapore pledges to cut carbon emissions by 2030
Singapore’s National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) has revealed the Singapore Climate Action Plan, its strategy for slashing greenhouse gas emissions by over one-third.
The island city-state is specifically aiming to reduce emissions by 36 percent by 2030, with 2005 levels serving as the baseline for measurement.
The NCCS stated: “Improving energy efficiency will continue to be Singapore’s key strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and plans have been made to expand the scope of current initiatives across all sectors, namely the power generation, industry, buildings, transport, household, waste and water sectors.”
Singapore’s President, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, launched the climate action plan at the opening ceremony of the World Cities Summit, the Singapore International Water Week and the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, held at Marina Bay Sands on 10 July.
“The Climate Action Plan outlines bold steps that Singapore is taking to achieve our 2030 carbon mitigation plan, as well as to strengthen our resilience to climate change," said Dr Tan.
"We will reduce emissions from power generation, by raising solar power in our system to a 350MW peak by 2020, an 18 times increase as compared to 2014. This would constitute about five percent of Singapore’s expected peak electricity demand."
Singapore will also seek to reduce carbon emissions by improving infrastructure and encouraging the use of public transportation.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.