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Choi Shing Kwok, permanent secretary, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, speaks on overcoming environmental challenges by engineering at the Engineers and Sustainable Development Forum 2015. Image: Eco-Business

A new professional development programme for engineers in Singapore will boost their long-term job prospects, and provide the country with the skilled professionals it needs to address future challenges posed by climate change. 

The Engineers Progression Pathway programme, which helps practicing engineers in Singapore develop their professional and technical skills, was launched on Thursday by labor group National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES).

Read more: Why the climate fight needs engineers

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THE National Climate Change Secretariat and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources said that Singapore has a relative lack of access to renewable energy ("Addressing climate change through energy, waste management"; yesterday).

However, renewable energy in the form of biomass waste surrounds Singapore, as we have the two largest palm oil producers in the world as neighbors - Indonesia and Malaysia.

Read more: Renewable energy on Singapore's doorstep

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will work with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore to develop energy-saving technology for tropical areas.

The two research organizations agreed to a five-year partnership signed by Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and NTU Chief of Staff Lam Khin Yong. The collaboration will focus on improving energy efficiency in buildings, generating and storing renewable energy, and creating smart grids, according to a Monday press release from NTU.

Read more: Berkeley Lab to work with Singapore university to create energy-saving technology

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