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October 12th, 2011:

Jurong Port to ‘develop and implement major green projects with MPA’s funding support’

Singapore launches green port programme

12th October 2011 10:12 GMT

Singapore port operator Jurong Port (JP) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) jointly launched the Green Port and Productivity Solutions (GPPS) research and development programme.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed by JP CEO Matthew Chan and MPA Chief Executive Lam Yi Young on Wednesday.

Co-funded by MPA’s Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) Fund and JP, the programme will see both organisations allocating SGD$6 million ($4.69 million) each for the next five years to “embark on green technology and productivity projects in the port.”

Under the MOU, up to SGD$12 million will be available to conduct research and test-bed green technologies to reduce carbon footprint and improve productivity for its existing and future terminals.

JP has identified four operational challenges such as rising labour costs, limited waterfront space, high energy consumption and the need to be more environmentally friendly.

“We’ve already completed a study on our carbon footprint. Now we will develop and implement major green projects with MPA’s funding support,” said Chan.

Meanwhile, Lam said: “I am pleased to note that under the Green Port and Productivity Solutions R&D Programme, Jurong Port will be working with tertiary and research institutions to identify greener solutions to enhance their port operations.”