World Engineers Summit 2017 Discuss Energy & Carbon

Luminary global energy leaders convened in Singapore to support Low Carbon Future. From 18 to 21 July 2017, World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium & Forum 2017 will drive sharing and co-creation of engineering innovations for sustainable urban development.

 WES-CUE2017 Delegates at the opening ceremony on 18 July 2017.

WES-CUE2017 Delegates at the opening ceremony on 18 July 2017.

Singapore, 18 July 2017. The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) today officially opened the doors to the World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium & Forum: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy Joint Conference (WES-CUE) 2017 at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore. The conference is a focal point for addressing pressing global issues arising from energy- and carbon- intensive urban development, with a special focus on harnessing engineering innovations to create a sustainable, low carbon future.

Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security was the guest-of-honour at the opening ceremony. He addressed 400 multi-disciplinary engineers and scientists; energy, urban planning and environmental & water specialists; business leaders; academia and policy makers from more than 30 countries around the world.

 DPM Teo Chee Hean (second from right) and Er. Edwin Khew (right) with Energy Innovation Challenge 2017 shortlisted team from Republic Polytechnic presenting their project: "Semi-Transparent Photovoltaics"

DPM Teo Chee Hean (second from right) and Er. Edwin Khew (right) with Energy Innovation Challenge 2017 shortlisted team from Republic Polytechnic presenting their project: "Semi-Transparent Photovoltaics"

Rapid urbanisation is elevating energy demand to unprecedented levels. According to the World Bank, cities consume about two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. WES-CUE 2017 has brought together eminent experts, renowned researchers, practitioners and policy makers to share latest research findings and engineering advancements critical for moving cities towards highly energy-efficient and sustainable practices.

For the first time, the biennial WES series has partnered with The Applied Energy Innovation Institute, to deliver profound and diverse technical content to delegates. The conference technical committee received a record 288 technical paper abstracts from more than 35 countries in response to its call for submissions, out of which a total of more than 150 are being presented at the conference.

WES-CUE 2017 is designed to bring delegates to the forefront of scientific research and facilitate exchange of the latest progress in urban energy systems and policy options. This year’s summit will play a major role in helping engineers, business leaders, policy makers and other professionals accelerate the transformation of cities into low carbon urban systems and move the world towards a cleaner, more energy-efficient and resilient future,” said Prof S.K. Chou, Co-Chair, WES-CUE 2017 Joint Conference.  

Prof J. Yan, Co-Chair of WES-CUE 2017, added, “Singapore offers an excellent meeting point for the chosen theme of the joint conference. Applied Energy Symposium & Forum: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy (CUE) is a platform under the Applied Energy network that focuses on urban energy systems covering topics such as energy supply, distribution and end use; smart eco-cities; urban transportation with efficient energy use and low emissions; microgrid and smart homes; BIPV and renewable energy applications; urban waste to energy; nexus of energy-water; and policy options.”

Summit Highlights

WES-CUE 2017 will address a range of critical issues with focus on six key topics: Transport, Building, Industry, Environment, Power Generation & Energy Storage and Urban Planning.

Four sustainability thought leaders kicked off the conference today as keynote speakers: Ms Jean Venables, Vice President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) and Chair of Committee on Engineering & Environment (CEE); Professor Lui Pao Chuen, Advisor, Strategic Planning Division, Ministry Of National Development, Singapore; Dr Richard E. Rocheleau, Director, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, University of Hawaii; and Dr Liu Thai Ker, Senior Director, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd, Singapore.

Other conference highlights include:

·         WES-CUE 2017 Conference Dinner on 20 July, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, to be graced by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

·         WiSER Forum on 20 July, 9am to 12.30pm a platform focusing on empowering and promoting women leadership in the engineering industry and professional fields

·         ASHRAE Distinguished Lectures Seminar on 21 July, 9am to 6pm, focusing on the integrated design, installation and operation of Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system and Building Automation System (BAS) to achieve thermal comfort and indoor air quality in high performing buildings

·         Technical Site Visits on 21 July, 2pm to 5pm, for delegates to personally tour several of Singapore’s world-class facilities boasting sophisticated sustainability features

·         National Engineers Day 2017 on 19, 20 & 21 July, 9am to 6pm, an annual engineering festival organised by IES to promote engineering to the young

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Source: World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium & Forum press release

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