NUS School of Design and Environment signed a MOU with Électricité de France on research collaboration

01 OCTOBER 2015

SDE signed a MOU with EDF on research collaboration


The National University of Singapore’s (NUS) School of Design and Environment (SDE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with global energy generator Électricité de France (EDF) to develop new planning processes that include energy considerations at the design stage.

The MOU was signed by Professor Heng Chye Kiang, Dean of the NUS School of Design and Environment, and Mr Jacques Sacreste, R&D Vice-President for International & Partnerships of EDF. It represents both parties’ commitment to further strengthen a two year-long collaboration to explore ways to reduce energy consumption in the planning and design process.

Professor Heng Chye Kiang (left) and Mr Jacques Sacreste (right)


Professor Heng Chye Kiang said, “The collaboration represents a commitment to research and innovation that create value to industries in Singapore and beyond. The collaboration launches a platform for students, academics, and practitioners to work together to foster imaginations and advance knowledge frontiers.”

Mr Jacques Sacreste said, “Rethinking cities’ energy systems to enable low carbon and sustainable development is at the core of the EDF Strategy. EDF as an energy leader in low carbon growth innovates from advanced generation to energy services in cities, including smart grids. Our expertise on technologies and energy solutions coupled with a systemic approach for urban development will pave the way for liveable and low carbon cities. EDF is especially proud to have launched these collaborations with Singapore, the leading city in urban planning for better quality of life and sustainability. These collaborations with NUS and URA, are complementary to the on-going project with HDB, and will drive cities to low carbon futures.”

From left to right: EDF’s R&D Program Director for Sustainable Cities International Mr Pascal Terrien, Deputy Head (Research) of SDE’s Department of Architecture Professor Stephen Lau, His Excellency Mr Benjamin Dubertret, Ambassador of France to Singapore, Professor Heng Chye Kiang, Mr Jacques Sacreste, Guest-of-Honour Mr Ng Lang, CEO of URA, EDF’s Coordinator of International Projects and Partnerships Ms Christine Patte, and EDF’s Lab Singapore General Administrator & Head of EDF Asian Sustainable Cities Center of Excellence Mr Pablo Viejo


The MOU signing was held in conjunction with the official opening of “Rethinking energy in cities” exhibition at the Urban Lab which showcases EDF’s latest energy innovations. It is now open until 16 Oct 2015. For more information, please visit the URA website .