Our Sustainability Commitment

Surbana Jurong Group’s Commitment to Sustainable Development

Surbana Jurong Group is committed to contributing meaningfully to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We have aligned our work to the goals outlined in the 2030 Agenda, the UN’s blueprint for all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.

As a global urban, infrastructure and managed services consulting firm with over 70 years of track record in successful project delivery, throughout our history we have demonstrated progressive thinking and innovative ideas to build cities and shape lives.

For us, this means delivering sustainable solutions that safeguard the planet. Our architects, designers, planners, engineers and other specialists are applying their multidisciplinary expertise in the quest for a safe, sustainable and resilient future for all.

Surbana Jurong Group alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG Surbana Jurong Alignment

3: Good Health and Wellbeing

  • Designed over 1.2 million m2 ​of healthcare space across North America, Asia and the Middle East
  • Supporting communities in Singapore during the COVID-19 pandemic by setting up community care facilities including 8,000 beds
  • Designed and delivered Singapore’s largest healthcare facility, comprising 1,800 beds
  • Helping supply drinking water to 60k-70k households in Indonesia and 1,400 villages in India

7: Affordable and Clean Energy

  • Developed stable platform for seabed hydro power in the North Sea
  • Involved in Australia’s biggest renewable energy project and one of the world’s biggest pumped storage plants, providing energy storage to power equivalent of ~500k homes
  • Involved in a hydroelectric project in Malaysia that generates 326 GWh annually


9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

  • Delivering leading-edge sustainable projects including net-zero carbon facilities
  • Adopting innovative laser surveying techniques to map out flood prone areas
  • Consultant for the development of Singapore’s Jurong Innovation District
  • Designed Singapore’s first new-build net-zero energy building at NUS University, which provides users with healthy spaces where staff and students can interact and innovate
  • Signatory to the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Commitment

11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • Developed master plans for more than 30 countries and over 100 industrial parks globally
  • Established partnerships to secure significant urban development commitments
  • Involved in the planning of four new airports and the expansion of six airports globally
  • Involved in design and construction of expressways and cycling routes connecting Singapore
  • Helped the design and construction of train lines and close to 80 train stations in Singapore

We aim to tread more lightly on our planet and transition to a carbon-neutral world, respecting planetary boundaries. We also strive to enhance the resilience of communities to climate change and risks.


With every project, we are challenged to do more with less

Surbana Jurong Group has developed collaborative relationships with clients and partners to deliver sustainable development. We are among 96 signatories of the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. Organised by World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), the commitment aims to see 100 percent uptake of net zero carbon buildings by 2050.

Our long-standing commitment to sustainability includes a track record of sustainability-focused projects:

  1. Atelier Ten designed Gardens by the Bay in Singapore with WilkinsonEyre and Grant Associates. The project is a showcase environmental project where the environmental design embeds both building scale and city scale circular economy principles. The huge cooled conservatories house European and tropical montane plants and the conditioning is run entirely using waste wood from Singapore’s tree management programme.
  1. The Living Planet Centre is the UK headquarters of the World Wildlife Fund for nature. This multi-award winning and innovative office by Atelier Ten was conceived as a zero emission and net zero carbon building, The operations strategy includes mixed mode ventilation, earth ducts for air preconditioning and ground source heat pumps for the limited heating and cooling required. The interior of the building is extensively lit by daylight and incorporates many biophilic elements that provide excellent health and well-being benefits to the occupants.
  1. The extraordinary LEED Platinum Bee’ah Headquarters in Sharjah designed by Zaha Hadid Architects with Atelier Ten has been designed with a view to minimising both energy consumption and potable water consumption by adopting and using local climate patterns and resources as a way of optimising the building’s environmental performance and minimising material use during construction. The active and passive energy approaches are predicted to provide a 30% reduction in energy consumption. The net result of these strategies is a zero-emission building with very low energy demands.
  1. The Comcast Technology Center with Foster and Partners redefines sustainability for a high-rise tower in Philadelphia. Atelier Ten comprehensively addressed the project’s approach to sustainability through careful energy and systems design, indoor environmental quality, water consumption, and material selection to submit for LEED Platinum.
  1. In Australia. a vibrant new cultural meeting place, the Sydney Modern Museum Project by SANAA + Architectus creates a series of gallery pavilions that reduce light levels as they step down a hillside from the bright Australian sunshine. Atelier Ten helped calibrate this daylight journey through intensive daylight design analysis and architectural integration. A range of environmental design measures position the Sydney Modern Project in the top tier of energy efficient global art museums.
  1. Surbana Jurong designed the NUS School of Design and Environment 4, Singapore’s first new-build net-zero energy building, in collaboration with Serie + Multiply Consultants. In addition to achieving the net-zero energy target, the building provides users with healthy spaces where staff and students can interact, creating the social quality desired to spur creativity and innovation.
  1. Surbana Jurong designed the world’s first multi-tiered fish farm. When completed, this vertical farm which is modular and scalable is expected to increase local fish production by 50%, significantly contributing towards food sustainability in Singapore.
  1. Surbana Jurong secured the inaugural ABC (Active-Beautiful-Clean) Waters Gold Certification from Singapore’s Public Utilities Board for the Rivervale Shores residential project. With more than 50% of the area allocated to planting, the development offers lush greenery and recreational spaces. Among its sustainability features, the project maintains the pre-development peak stormwater runoff and keeps a rainwater harvesting tank to collect treated water for reuse in the irrigation of its gardens.
  1. Surbana Jurong Campus is the project with the largest gross floor area to participate in the Green Mark for Super Low Energy (SLE) Building Pilot study. In 2019, it was awarded Green Mark Platinum (SLE) by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority.
  1. Surbana Jurong has designed and delivered 26 townships with over one million homes in Singapore. Core to the design of these townships and homes is sustainability, liveability and longevity.
  1. The Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme, the namesake project of Surbana Jurong Group’s member company SMEC, is a major renewable energy project. One of the seven civil engineering wonders of the modern world, the project is now in its 2.0 expansion. SMEC is proud to continue its involvement in the project, which upon completion will be Australia’s largest renewable energy project. As one of the world’s biggest pumped storage plants, it will provide enough energy storage to power the equivalent of half a million homes.
  1. B+H, another member of Surbana Jurong Group, has a proven track-record of delivering leading-edge sustainable projects, including Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building Design certified institutional building, Canada’s first retrofit to achieve a Zero Carbon Building Design certification, and the first net-zero carbon facility dedicated to archival preservation in the Americas.

Sustainable Finance Framework

Our Sustainable Finance Framework is designed to provide overarching criteria and guidelines for how Surbana Jurong’s sustainability and ESG efforts align to the Group’s financing strategy.

Read PwC’s report on the factual findings of Surbana Jurong’s process for the selection of key performance indicators (KPI), sustainability performance targets and baselines related to the pre-issuance of the Surbana Jurong Sustainability-linked Bond in February 2021.

Our FY22 Issuer Report and post-issuance Assurance Report for FY22 share more about the Group’s sustainability journey and KPI performance to date.

We continue to integrate sustainable development in our projects and corporate practices via the Group’s policies and corporate governance.