24 Aug 2023
From left, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phat – SP Group’s Managing Director for Vietnam, Mr. Brandon Chia - SP Group’s Managing Director, Sustainable Energy Solutions (South-east Asia & Australia), Mr. Lim Hua Tiong - CEO of Frasers Property Vietnam, and Mr. Paolo Bevilacqua - Frasers Property’s Group Head of Sustainability at the MOU signing ceremony on 8 August 2023.
HO CHI MINH CITY, 24 AUGUST 2023
SP Group (SP), a leading energy utilities group and sustainable energy solutions provider in Singapore and Asia Pacific and Frasers Property Vietnam (FPV), one of Vietnam’s leading diversified property developers, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop and implement integrated smart energy solutions at FPV’s Binh Duong industrial park (BDIP). This partnership will help the industrial park accelerate the adoption of green energy solutions, enable energy savings and carbon emissions reduction for all tenants.
In the initial phase, SP will design, invest, install, operate and maintain integrated smart energy solutions for BDIP’s Industrial Service Centre (ISC). This includes the installation of solar photovoltaics for renewable energy, digital building solutions, electric vehicle charging, and smart energy optimisation and management systems. Subsequently, SP and FPV will collaborate on a feasibility study to implement a green micro-grid for BDIP that will accelerate the clean energy transition for the industrial park, facilitate access to renewable energy and will provide greater power reliability and resilience for tenants.
The 837sqm ISC will cater to the business and social requirements of all BDIP tenants with shared facilities including meeting rooms, outdoor sport & recreational facilities, F&B options, and open green spaces. To regulate the ISC’s indoor environment balancing energy efficiency with users’ thermal comfort and wellbeing, SP will deploy its suite of smart building energy management solutions – Green Energy Tech (GETTM). A key innovative solution is GETTM Control, a self-learning building intelligence system that utilises artificial intelligence (A.I.) and Internet of Things (IoT) to optimise and regulate air-conditioning based on changes in occupancy and ambient weather conditions. Expected to potentially save up to 30 per cent on cooling energy and reduce carbon emissions by close to 18 per cent, the micro-climate control system utilises sensors and smart dampers to ensure cool air is sent to where it is needed. This enhances the well-being and thermal comfort for occupants while maximising energy and operational efficiency.
Mr. Brandon Chia, Managing Director, Sustainability Energy Solutions, Southeast Asia and Australia, SP Group, said, "Our collaboration with Frasers Property Vietnam underscores our goal of empowering the sustainability ambitions of industrial parks and contributing to the net-zero targets of Vietnam. Through our bespoke and integrated system of smart and sustainable energy solutions, industrial parks can seamlessly harness renewable energy sources and transition to energy-efficient operations that will enhance cost savings, carbon emission reductions, and promote productivity."
Leading the MoU signing ceremony on behalf of Frasers Property, Mr. Lim Hua Tiong, CEO of Frasers Property Vietnam, said: “As a multinational real estate developer, we take a long-term view for all our projects. We want to create buildings that are durable, adaptable, and resilient to the changing environment and needs of our customers. That is why we have applied our expertise in design and masterplanning to our first industrial showcase in Vietnam, Binh Duong Industrial Park. By partnering with SP, we are adopting industry-leading energy management practices to further improve the energy efficiency and sustainability credentials of our properties.”
Also present at the signing ceremony was Frasers Property’s Group Head of Sustainability, Mr. Paolo Bevilacqua, who shared: “It is heartening to see the overall efforts we are making in adopting renewable energy sources for powering our properties, which is critical if we are to decarbonise to achieve our vision of sustainable real estate. This partnership between like-minded organisations demonstrates how our net-zero carbon goal can bring tangible benefits to tenants and customers with lower operational costs and a reduced carbon footprint.”
Located in one of Vietnam’s key southern economic hubs in Binh Duong province, BDIP is FPV’s first industrial park development in Vietnam well served by National Route 13 and connected to major seaports and airports in the region. BDIP sits on more than 106 hectares of land, providing high quality industrial facilities built to international standards. The industrial park is amongst one of few developments in Vietnam to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified, which accredits for healthy, efficient, carbon and cost-saving green buildings. BDIP is appealing to sustainability-minded tenants, with Phase 1 now at over 90% occupancy. The next development phase for BDIP is now open for pre-committed tenants in both ready-built and built-to-suit configurations.
As a Group, Frasers Property is committed to be a net-zero carbon corporation by 2050, encompassing Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions. One of Frasers Property’s sustainability goals focuses on green-certifying its owned and asset-managed properties, which is also a business commitment of Frasers Property Vietnam to achieve green certification for all buildings in its portfolio.
In late 2022, Frasers Property Vietnam became the first real estate company in Vietnam to be endorsed by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). It received approval from SBTi for its detailed net-zero carbon roadmaps and carbon reduction targets that help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As part of its SBTi plans, the company intends to progressively install rooftop solar panels, allocate renewable energy for street lighting and introduce energy- and water-efficient building equipment renewable energy across its developments.
This partnership with FPV highlights SP’s commitment to help Vietnam’s energy-intensive sectors decarbonise, and to contribute towards Vietnam’s sustainability targets through the proliferation of various sustainability energy solutions. Earlier this year, SP acquired two solar farms of 100 Megawatts-peak (MWp) in Vietnam’s Phu Yen province. The acquisition builds SP’s capability and expertise to help customers achieve 100% clean energy consumption when the Direct Power Purchase Framework in Vietnam is in place. It also demonstrates SP’s long-term commitment to be a one-stop provider of sustainable energy services that enables commercial and industrial customers to achieve their net-zero ambitions.