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Official Launch of ESI

12 November 2007


Southeast Asia’s first think-tank on energy issues will play a key role in development of energy policies in the region

The Government has established the new Energy Studies Institute, a multi-disciplinary, autonomous research institute at the National University of Singapore (NUS) to undertake policy research on energy economics, energy security, and the geopolitical and environmental impact of energy. The new Energy Studies Institute (ESI), Southeast Asia’s first think-tank on energy issues, was launched today by Minister for Trade and Industry Mr Lim Hng Kiang at the Singapore Electricity Roundtable 2007 held at the Raffles City Convention Centre.

The global energy landscape is changing rapidly. Concerns over the sufficiency of oil and gas reserves, the impact of climate change, and the growing importance of geopolitics on energy supplies have led to an urgent call for new energy policies and interventions. Against this backdrop, ESI seeks to advance the understanding of local, regional and global energy issues through independent research and analyses.

Explaining the role of the new institute, ESI Chairman Ms Chan Lai Fung said, “ESI is formed to close a gap in Singapore’s energy know-how. We endeavour to produce independent and high quality research that will stimulate debate on energy issues of key interest to policymakers, industries and the community. Through the ESI, Singapore’s policymakers can tap into an international network of academics, experts, policy makers and industry leaders to advance our understanding of emerging energy issues. Through our research and collaboration at the regional and global level, ESI can contribute to the development of effective public policies on energy matters.

Hosted at NUS, the ESI will play an important role in establishing Singapore as a centre for strategic research in energy and a thought leader on energy issues. The institute will focus on three key areas – Energy Economics, Energy Security, and Energy and the Environment. Research activities at the institute will have a principal focus on Singapore and the region, and will also have an emphasis on policy-oriented research.

NUS President Prof Shih Choon Fong said, “NUS is privileged and excited to host the ESI. It is a boost to our ongoing efforts to build up energy-related research across the University, including our Faculties of Engineering and Law, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS Environmental Research Institute, and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Centre. Leveraging our complementary strengths, ESI promises to catalyze further growth of energy-related research in Singapore, spark innovation and capitalize on emerging opportunities in the energy industry”.

ESI plans to have a staff strength of more than 20 researchers and administrative personnel. According to ESI Executive Director, Prof Chou Siaw Kiang, the institute’s immediate plans are to finalise its priority research projects, engage Research Heads and Fellows, and identify and develop platforms for the exchange of ideas, experiences and research findings.

For more information, please contact:

Professor Chou Siaw Kiang
Executive Director, Energy Studies Institute
Tel: 65162166
Ms Fun Yip
Assistant Manager (Media Relations)
Office of Corporate Relations
National University of Singapore
Tel: 6516-1374

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