Urban Solutions

Singapore’s focus on the urban solutions industry has led to huge investments in research & development (R&D), manpower development and grooming Singapore-based companies. In 2016, Singapore announced more than S$900 million of new funding in urban solutions and sustainability for the next five years.

Together with global players such as Renewable Energy Corporation (REC), Siemens, General Electric and Veolia, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the sector play a vital and unique role in coming up with new innovations and pushing the boundaries of technology and solutions.

The urban solutions industry can be broadly grouped into two sub-sectors: energy and sustainability, and water and environment.

Energy and Sustainability

Singapore is constantly exploring new ways to reduce energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels to ensure a sustainable future for our country. We are a hub for clean energy in the region, with innovative clean energy companies in Singapore exporting our expertise overseas.

This is supported by a vibrant ecosystem of Singapore-based companies, from developers and financiers to system integrators, who have developed a strong reputation for their expertise in clean energy. Singapore is also home to research institutes dedicated to clean energy. These include the new CleanTech Park at Jalan Bahar, the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and the Energy Research Institute@NTU (ERI@N).

Water and Environment

With limited water resources in the country, Singapore is constantly finding new ways to be self-sufficient in water. The country is now at the forefront in this sector by adopting new technologies such as water reclamation and seawater desalination. With over 180 water companies based here, the country is home to the densest concentration of water companies in the world. The Public Utilities Board (PUB) has also conducted over 150 pilot projects with companies since 2006, developing water solutions and bringing them abroad.

As Singapore moves towards our vision of becoming a Zero Waste nation, environmental services companies are expected to see more growth opportunities. A further boost comes from the Environmental Services Industry Transformation Map (ITM). The national programme will help drive innovation and technology adoption, upskill the workforce to take on better jobs, improve productivity through better procurement practices, and enable your company to capture market opportunities overseas. You can learn more about the ITM here.