Singapore and Paris, France — (METERING.COM) — July 4, 2012 – The Research and Development department of EDF and the Research and Innovation department of Veolia (VERI), through a dedicated project, “ForCity”, are to build a decision support tool for Singapore urban planning.
The tool will be developed in close collaboration with Singapore’s Housing Development Board (HDB) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), with the support of the Economic Development Board (EDB).
The project gathers the expertise developed by the utilities in cities around the world, optimizing long and midterm urban development by handling the complex interactions between topics such as energy, waste, water and transport management.
The tool will allow the comparison of different strategies through maps, 3D scenes, graphics and tables. It will deliver short-term tools for decision support for urban development of the district of Jurong East and other parts of Singapore.
The MOU covers topics including the most efficient coupling of buildings (residential and tertiary), cooling and waste collection, strategies for an existing or new town and Singapore “Greenprint” issues such as photovoltaic integration, green roofs and water recycling at the local level.
The initiative will also result in the creation of a center of excellence dedicated to research and innovations for urban planning using complex systems modeling.
“We are delighted of this collaboration between HDB, EDF and Veolia for a global centre of excellence for sustainable cities in Singapore,” said Yeoh Keat Chuan, managing director of the Singapore EDB. “We believe that this center will be able to tap on Singapore’s strengths in urban planning and sustainability to catalyze new innovations and commercialize new products and solutions for the region and beyond.”