Distributed District Cooling – A cool solution for a greener Singapore

Minister Masagos Zulkifli witnessing the letter of intent signing ceremony with our eco-partners CapitaLand, Frasers Property Limited, OCBC Bank, People’s Association and UOB

An interconnected, centralised cooling system across Tampines Central could achieve energy savings and reductions in carbon emissions to support Tampines’ green ambitions to transform into an Eco Town by 2025. The findings was part of a white paper study on the feasibility of brownfield distributed district cooling by Temasek and SP Group (SP), and was supported by the Tampines Group Representation Constituency (GRC) and the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE).

Fourteen existing buildings within the Tampines Central Area were involved in the study, representing a range of various uses, including retail malls, commercial and public offices, data centres, and a community sports hub. According to findings outlined in the white paper, consolidating the cooling loads of the 14 buildings under a distributed district cooling (DDC) network would result in:

  • 17% lower energy consumption – enough to power 1,665 three-room HDB households for a year;
  • An 18% reduction in carbon emissions, from both energy savings and refrigerant reduction – equivalent to removing 2,250 cars from roads annually; and
  • S$4.3 million annually from energy savings, reduction in equipment replacement and maintenance costs and potential earnings from freeing up chiller plant space, which can be converted into retail or office space. 

In a signing ceremony witnessed by Minister Masagos Zulkifli at Our Tampines Hub, property owners CapitaLand, Frasers Property, OCBC Bank, People’s Association and UOB each signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with SP to affirm their interest in subscribing to this sustainable cooling solution. The commitment of these building owners brings the distributed district cooling network one step closer to materialisation in Tampines.

Guest of Honour Minister Masagos Zulkifli delivering the keynote address on Tampines’ Eco Town ambitions and how DDC can play a role in this green endeavour

Find out more in our white paper: here