SINGAPORE - Singapore can work with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on solutions that reduce planet-warming carbon emissions to sustain "robust global responses to the climate crisis", said President Halimah Yacob on Monday (Jan 17). These solutions include hydrogen fuel and carbon capture, utilisation and storage.
Delivering a virtual keynote speech for the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Summit held in Dubai, she highlighted green innovations and efforts in the UAE, such as its vast solar parks and being the first in the Middle East and North Africa region to declare a net-zero commitment by 2050.
Dubai houses the region's first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility to produce green hydrogen, where the gas is produced using renewable energy and has zero emissions.
Singapore is keen to collaborate with the UAE on improving the technical feasibility and the establishment of supply chains for low-carbon hydrogen, said Madam Halimah.
Such advanced low-carbon technologies are an area of interest for Singapore, which has pumped $55 million into 12 research projects in the areas of hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage.
A local study looking at the feasibility of using hydrogen as a fuel stated last year (2021) that Singapore would need to explore various supply pathways for price-competitive low-carbon hydrogen.
It was reported in June last year that three Singapore agencies were studying whether hydrogen could be imported via ships or pipes.
"We cannot afford to work in isolation when our planet's future is at stake. Cooperation, partnerships and leadership are critical," said Madam Halimah.
"Sustainability plans and road maps, including our Singapore Green Plan, will need to be refined as technologies evolve, mistakes are made and learnt from, and the knowledge and experiences of others guide us onto better and wiser paths," she added.
The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is the first global and large-scale sustainability event after last year's United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland.
The programme - which started on Saturday and ends on Wednesday - convenes numerous world leaders, international businesses and students to accelerate pathways to further sustainability and meet net-zero goals.
ADSW also acts as a global catalyst for COP27, which will be held in Egypt later this year, and COP28, which will be hoste...