03 May 2023
Singapore Trip – District Cooling and Passive Cooling Study Tour

Date: 07-12 May 2023      Location: Singapore     Format: In-person event


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), under the framework of the Cool Coalition, with partners is organizing a week-long study tour and workshop series on district cooling and passive cooling in Singapore. The visit brings together key stakeholders from multiple countries working on district cooling and passive cooling, and includes:

  • Technical visits to three high-class and diverse district cooling projects across Singapore and three passively cooled buildings
  • Dedicated workshops on national and local policy development, led by UNEP and Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Energy Market Authority (EMA), Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and partners with opportunities for presentations and exchanges by each country on their current and planned policy frameworks.
  • Dedicated workshops on technology, business models and financing for district cooling and passive cooling, led by UNEP, IFC as well as local industry experts including Singapore Power, Engie/Tabreed and Keppel.

This event is being organised by UNEP with support from the Government of Singapore, Government of Colombia, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Tabreed, German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF), International Finance Corporation (IFC),  and local district cooling industry in Singapore.

The objective of the training and study tour is to raise awareness and capacity of countries, cities, and industry on the diverse benefits of district cooling and passive cooling, challenges and opportunities for their deployment and the policies and support needed to accelerate the market for these approaches. The trip will also provide a strong opportunity for country governments and cities to exchange on their policy approaches and build long-term collaborations and for industry to exchange on best practices and interact with leading players in district cooling and passive cooling. Post the workshop and study tour, UNEP with its partners under the Cool Coalition will continue to support officials and industry on policy and best practice exchange between the international participants present at the workshop.

An international delegation of approximately 50 stakeholders from countries including Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore,  Tunisia and Viet Nam. These stakeholders include national policymakers, provinces, municipalities, industry players and real estate developers Local district cooling industry players in Singapore, as well as Singapore government departments, will be present as well as UNEP officials.


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