SUEZ environnement signed on Monday (June 15, 2015) a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Singapore's national water agency, PUB, to share expertise and jointly develop technologies to protect water resources.
In addition, both entities also aim to make both industrials and Singaporeans more aware of the need to preserve water.
According to the French-based utility company, this memorandum further reinforces the partnership agreement, signed in May 2015, for three research projects on areas such as smart water and energy-efficient water technologies, contributing to water sustainability efforts.
"Today's Singapore is not short of water only because we have used our imagination, researching and testing continuously, and exploiting technology to overcome our water challenges," said Ng Joo Hee, Chief Executive of PUB and Executive Director, Environment and Water Industry Programme Office.
"PUB's collaboration with SUEZ environnement ... is the latest of our partnerships with like-minded agencies and companies around the world to advance water research and to ultimately enhance Singapore's water security," he added.
With the aim of facilitating the protection of resources by the population within their own homes, SUEZ environnement has also launched an approach that utilises digital technology to provide residents with user-friendly access, on their TV and smartphones, to the data and means required to reduce their own water and energy consumption. This new service offer, designed in cooperation with Technicolor, is currently being tested in Singapore.
Launches Innovation Centre in Singapore
Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of SUEZ environnement, sees Singapore as more than just an economic and business centre in Southeast Asia (SEA). According to him, Singapore is also renowned for its rich experiences in water industry and strong commitment to sustainably managing its resources.
As such, the company has chosen Singapore as its regional business hub with the opening of an Innovation Centre. Composed of 15 research scientists and engineers, this new facility aims to support project developments through innovation in Singapore.
"Strategically, this [launch] marks an important step for SUEZ environnement's further development in the whole of SEA," said Chaussade.
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