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Singapore to set up low-carbon research centre

22 March 2012

The new C4T Centre will be based at the CREATE campus at NUS

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NUS, University of Cambridge and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will be jointly establishing a low-carbon research centre in Singapore. Named the Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology (C4T), it will be part of the National Research Foundation (NRF) Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE) programme, which is an international research campus and innovation hub for top universities, corporate laboratories and startup companies.

C4T will integrate state-of-the-art experimental analysis with advanced computational modelling research for low-carbon chemical technology development by tapping the expertise of the three universities and the Institute for Chemical and Engineering Science.

The Centre will focus on reducing the carbon footprint of industrial-scale chemical processes by improving energy efficiency and finding ways for carbon capture and use in the petrochemical and refining technologies. It is engaging active industry participation and has identified the petrochemical complexes of Jurong Island as its main test sites.

Expected to be up early 2013, the Centre will be based at the CREATE campus at NUS University Town, with laboratory space in NUS and NTU.

NRF Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister Mr Teo Chee Hean said: "Given the growing global interest in climate change and low-carbon technology, we see this as an important area of work which may also benefit other industries and countries in time to come."

NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan noted that NUS has made significant effort over the last few years to develop ideas for reducing the carbon footprint of the chemicals industry sector. He said that NUS has committed its top experts in the relevant fields to the C4T programme.

Prof Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, said that with the challenge for urgent action to address climate change, it is timely that a world-leading collaboration has been set up to undertake fundamental and applied research aimed at reducing carbon footprint.

NTU President Prof Bertil Andersson believed the collaboration will greatly impact both the economics and emissions of Singapore's petrochemical through public-private partnerships with participating companies such as IBM, Memsys, Johnson Matthey and ExxonMobil.