With its accelerating economic growth, Southeast Asia is rapidly urbanizing. This trend creates a global issue of the potential of increasingly unsustainable cities in this region. If Southeast Asian cities chose to continue using traditional urban planning thinking, it would accelerate the problems of global warming and climate change beyond current estimates. Urban Sustainable Development Planning therefore is a key topic for a lot of areas in Southeast Asia. under the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025, the ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Strategy (ASUS) has identified priority areas and actions for sustainable urbanization for cities within the ASEAN community. 26 pilot projects have been earmarked under the ASEAN Smart Cities Network by funding from financial institutions such as the World Bank, ADB and AIIB.
However, municipalities face difficulties to launch smart city projects because of all the required expertise on finding the balance between economic competitiveness, resource efficiency (energy, water & waste), transport mobility, quality of life and environmental sustainability (low carbon, clean air). The interconnect complexity of urban systems requires adopting new technologies, innovations and policies. Singapore is a very good example regarding urban planning. The smart city has announced an ambitious master plan in 2019 and $900 Million set aside for Urban Solutions and Sustainability from 2016-2020.
EDF is working with municipalities, real estate developers and utilities to optimize their investment in the energy infrastructure for new urban developments or redevelopments. This is supported by the use decision-support tools and competences in the fields of renewable power, district cooling, energy efficiency, e-mobility, air pollution and their link with quality of life (security, affordability, comfort, accessibility).
EDF R&D has a proven track record with major cities in the world (Singapore, Shanghai, Moscow, Lyon) and is constantly improving its know-how to provide the best solutions and decision-support in planning energy for sustainable and smart cities.
In Singapore EDF Lab is working with the government agencies (HDB) and local universities (NUS, NTU, SUTD, SIT, ESSEC), to root a strong expertise adapted to the Singaporean and South East Asian context in the field of Smart Cities with the development of urban analytics and decision-making tool for energy planning.