Urban energy transitions

The evolution of energy systems in the case of Singapore and Kota Kinabalu

January 19 Friday


January 19, 2018, 12.00 - 14.00




Dr Maria Francesch-Huidobro, Principal Investigator & Consultant; Dr Peter Hefele, Director, KAS RECAP


Book Presentation

A new study by KAS RECAP sheds light on the historic development of the electricity systems in two geographically isolated Asian cities and draws implications for today. The report will be officially presented and launched in Singapore.

Also available in Deutsch

Low carbon urban transitions are pursued as means to tackle the challenges posed by climate change to urban energy resource flows and services. Research has been concerned with what, how and why of these low carbon urban transitions can happen. It has largely been omitted how historical legacies in cities’ energy policies and practices affect today’s transitions. The paper presents evidence from two case studies – Singapore and Kota Kinabalu (Saba/Malaysia) – to explore how geopolitical isolation shaped their respective energy systems from colonial times, to explain the kinds of energy transitions being pursued today. It concludes that energy autarky and energy security are temporally and spatially context-sensitive. Decision-makers, in their pursuit for an energy policy that brings about energy security, environmental sustainability and economic competiveness, should be aware of this legacies.

The Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change in Asia and Pacific (RECAP) of KAS will launch the report in Singapore on 19 January 2018, hosted by the Singapore Management University. Following an introduction into the topic by Dr. Peter Hefele, Director of KAS RECAP, Dr Maria Francesch-Huidobro, author of the study, will talk about the background, scope and methods of her research. She will then present major findings and outcomes of the project and draw conclusions and implications for contemporary energy policy in the region. In the following discussion, the invited experts and guests will have the opportunity to comment the work, provide additional input from their practical experiences and address the author with their questions.

Power station for the electric tramway in Singapore

In the early 20th century, Singapore opened several power stations in order to meet the city's increasing electricity demand. (Source: National Archives Singapore)

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