DSTA signs MOU with ExxonMobil to explore use of sustainable fuel

Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd to jointly explore the use of sustainable fuel, particularly the adoption of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, for a fleet of vessels operated by the Republic of Singapore Navy.

This collaboration with ExxonMobil is part of DSTA’s efforts to work with the private sector, in support of the Ministry of Defence’s three major green initiatives: carbon emission, water, and waste to tackle climate change. Through working together, DSTA will better understand how to reduce emissions without compromising seamen’s operational effectiveness.

Said DSTA’s Director Naval Systems, Mr Ong Li Koon, “Given the real threats posed by climate change, embracing sustainable methods puts us in good stead in reducing the carbon emissions across the naval fleet. The collaboration demonstrates DSTA’s commitment towards realising Singapore’s net zero carbon emissions 2050 targets.”

“We are glad to embark on this collaboration with DSTA to explore the use of lower- emission fuels for their vessels, in support of their decarbonisation journey,” said Mr Chua Haur-Bin, Asia Pacific Sales Director, Marine, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

“ExxonMobil is committed to helping our customers meet their decarbonisation goals while fulfilling their operational demands today, and we have the experience and capabilities to meet that need. We remain focused on advancing low-carbon energy solutions, including producing 200,000 barrels per day of lower-emission fuels by 2030.”