Going Green in Singapore

by Rosemarie John on March 8, 2012

As sustainability is promoted through all aspects of i Light Marina Bay 2012, the festival encourages buildings around Singapore to be energy efficient by taking part in the “Switch Off, Turn Up” campaign.

Over the 24-day festival period, forty-two buildings within and beyond the Marina Bay precinct will consciously commit to switching off non-essential indoor/outdoor lighting and office equipment whenever possible while also turning up air-conditioning temperatures to a comfortable 24-25 degrees during office hours. In its second term running, this energy efficiency campaign has doubled in the number of buildings participating compared to the 16 properties that participated in the inaugural edition in 2010.

What is sustainable energy?

It is  the provision of energy in a way that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability to provide adequately for future needs. Technologies that promote sustainable energy include renewable energy sources such as hydroelectricity, solar, wind and geothermal energy, wave and tidal power and any technology designed to improve energy efficiency.

“Participants in the last campaign collectively saved more than 41,000 kWh of electricity”, said Mark Goh, Deputy Director of Place Management at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Being the only light art  festival in Asia to advocate energy-efficient lighting technology, professional sustainability consultants have been engaged to work with all event partners, artists, contractors and suppliers to ensure that suitable practices are incorporated to reduce energy use, while managing resources and minimising waste.

The festivals interactive and dynamic artworks represent designers from 17 countries and territories. “Not only do these innovative light artworks collectively celebrate the unique qualities of Marina Bay’s night scape, they also draw attention to the importance of energy-efficient technology and the efforts that can be taken to ensure a sustainable urban environment for all”, added Goh.

Supporting i Light Marina Bay 2012 is Singapore based integrated energy company The PowerSeraya Group. “Highlighting the importance of environmental awareness as well as energy conservation through PowerSeraya’s outreach programmes forms an integral part of our efforts to promote a sustainable environment”, said John Ng, CEO of PowerSeraya. “The festival will bring this similar message to a broader community, which we hope will encourage them to use energy and resources responsibly”, he added.

The list of participating buildings are:

  • 16 Collyer Quay
  • 71 Robinson Road
  • ArtScience Museum
  • Ascott Raffles Place
  • Asia Square
  • Central Mall Office Conservations
  • Central Mall Office Towers
  • City House
  • City Square Mall
  • Conrad Centennial Singapore
  • Equity Plaza
  • F1 Pit Building
  • Fuji Xerox Towers
  • HSBC Building
  • King’s Centre
  • Manulife Centre
  • Marina Barrage
  • Marina Bay Financial Centre
  • Marina Bay Link Mall
  • Marina Bay Sands
  • Marina Mandarin Hotel
  • Marina South Pier
  • Maybank Tower
  • New Tech Park
  • Ocean Financial Centre
  • One Marina Boulevard
  • One Raffles Place
  • One Raffles Quay
  • OUE Bayfront
  • Palais Rennaisance
  • Pan Pacific Singapore
  • Pico Creative Centre
  • Republic Plaza
  • Singapore Flyer
  • Straits Trading Building
  • Tampines Concourse
  • Tampines Grande
  • The Esplanade
  • The Fullerton Heritage
  • The URA Centre
  • Tung Centre
  • Wisma Atria

Singapore as a nation has always been working towards greener living as they try to create a lasting impact on climate change by collaborating with people, industries and governments to encourage and achieve sustainable urbanisation for many years to come. “With additional support from corporations to reduce power consumption during the festival period, i Light Marina Bay is fast becoming a leading ecological light art festival”, said Mary-Anne Kyriakou, Festival Director.

The i Light Marina Bay festival will also be participating in this year’s Earth Hour by turning all art installations off from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on 31 March 2012. Click here for smart tips and steps towards a sustainable future! There are many places to stay in Singapore and you’re never far away from the many attractions on offer.

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*Photos captured using Panasonic LUMIX GF3, the official camera for i Light Marina Bay.

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