Tampines Town Council and SP Group boost efforts to transform Tampines into an Eco-Town
Singapore, 12 December 2020 – About 633 households in Tampines will be the first in Singapore to have digital Eco Boards installed at their blocks and receive real-time updates on their blocks’ electricity and water consumption and carbon emissions. Tampines Town Council (TTC) and SP Group (SP), with support from Temasek and the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, today unveiled the Eco Boards which have been installed at five HDB blocks.
Minister for Social and Family Development, Second Minister for Health and Minister-incharge of Muslim Affairs, Mr. Masagos Zulkifli witnessed the launch held at Block 878A, Tampines Avenue 8. He was accompanied by his fellow Members of Parliament for Tampines GRC - Ms. Cheng Li Hui, Chairman of Tampines Town Council; Mr. Desmond Choo, Mayor of North East District and Vice-Chairman of Tampines Town Council, and Mr. Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Transport.
Building a Sustainable Future for Tampines
The introduction of the Eco Boards is a pilot programme to build sustainability awareness among residents and encourage them to adopt eco-friendly habits. The pilot is part of a larger national effort to bring sustainability to the community and transform HDB towns into EcoTowns. A total of 10 Eco Boards will be rolled out in Tampines over the next two months.
Designed and developed in-house by SP’s team of energy tech experts, the Eco Boards provide residents with real-time updates on the block’s aggregated water and electricity consumption, and the resulting carbon emissions. They will be installed at the lift lobby of each block, giving residents easy access to green tips on lowering their utilities consumption. Residents can also participate in energy-saving challenges such as block-level competitions. A sample screen grab of the Eco Board can be found in Annex A.
The Town Council can use insights from the Eco Boards to plan and achieve more efficient estate management. There are also plans to enhance the Town Council’s operations with an artificial intelligence-enabled anomaly detection component that will alert the Town Council to any resource wastage or inefficient consumption patterns.
The Chairman of Tampines Town Council, Ms. Cheng Li Hui commented: "Our efforts to transform Tampines into a model Eco-Town continue to be a priority. We will always engage with our residents and gather inputs from different stakeholders."
"With the support from our residents, grassroots organisations and SP Group, I am confident that the Eco Boards will be a success," Ms. Cheng added.
Empowering Residents to Make Sustainable Choices
Mr. Stanley Huang, Group Chief Executive Officer, SP Group said: “At SP Group, we enable everyone to play a part in building a low-carbon future for Singapore. Through the Eco Boards, we provide useful data and solutions for residents and estate managers to make eco-friendly choices and reduce their carbon footprint.”
The Eco Boards complement the SP Utilities App to further encourage individuals to adopt a greener lifestyle. With the App, residents can track their household’s utilities consumption and use the My Carbon Footprint calculator to be more aware of their own impact on the environment. Residents will also be rewarded for their eco-friendly choicesthrough the App’s GreenUP programme, which empower and incentivise consumers to go green through sustainability challenges and earn rewards when bringing their own mugs or food containers to selected partner merchants. The App can be downloaded at https://utilities.spdigital.sg/. Screen grabs of the App can be found in Annex B.