GreenTech Malaysia is on an important mission to champion green economy through green technology and green culture, and it’s a great honour for me to be at the forefront of building this lasting legacy for our nation. In our unwavering quest to transform the nation’s green technology landscape, my team has worked hard to keep GreenTech Malaysia abreast with global initiatives that mitigate climate change and its effects – across our three pillars of Economy, Environment and Social.
We are tirelessly driving our mission through strategic programmes and initiatives to be able to future proof Malaysia in various shades of green, the GreenTech Malaysia way.
A Year of Progress
From the perspective of green investments, our collective efforts have resulted in 34,662.68 MW/year in energy conservation, 532.89MWh of renewable energy generation, RM7.05 billion green investments, 213,440 MT/year of waste recycled, and GHG emissions reduction of 3.784 mtCO2eq/ year in 2018 alone. And this is just the beginning for us.
We have made much progress in 2018. I would like to highlight three of our key efforts to green our cities. They are the Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF), to increase more environmental forms of transport through the Low Carbon Mobility (LCM) initiative, and championing energy management excellence through the National Energy Awards (NEA).
We are committed to ensuring the realisation of Malaysia’s Conference of Parties (COP) 21 pledge to reduce carbon emissions intensity (per capita GDP) by 45% as compared to 2005. To do this we have implemented the Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF) as a guide for Local Authorities on how they can transform their cities into low carbon cities.
Presently, 52 Local Authorities are participating in it, and I am happy to note that 5 of them have managed to cut their overall carbon emissions by 9,363.25 tCO2 /year, and have been awarded the Diamond Recognition as a result.
For Low Carbon Mobility, I am proud to note that we have increased the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations under our ChargEV initiative to 250 by end 2018, and have incentivised use by eliminating the cost for ChargEV members.
At the same time, we have also worked with various partners to advance the adoption of low carbon mobility. For instance, with PLUS Malaysia Berhad to install Malaysia’s first public solar EV charging station at the Ayer Keroh Overhead Bridge Restaurant on the southbound route of the North-South Highway.
I am proud to announce that as at 2018, we have managed to get a total of 3,142 green products and services registered with the MyHIJAU Mark. Given that in 2017, just 1,330 products and services received MyHIJAU Mark recognition, this indicates a 136% increase from last year. The strong take-up of the MyHIJAU Mark is a clear indication that there is a demand for green products and services thus driving companies to label their offerings as such.
On top of this, we also spearheaded the inaugural National Energy Awards (NEA) under the purview of MESTECC. Winners of the NEA 2018 represented Malaysia at the ASEAN Energy Awards (AEA) 2018 as well as at the ASEAN Centre of Energy (ACE) 2018, and we hope very soon they, and generations after them, will be our torch bearers in making Malaysia the global hub of green technology.
Solidifying Our Reputation
One example of that at work is the International GreenTech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM). As South East Asia’s largest green technology and ecosolutions trade event, IGEM is the pride and joy of GreenTech Malaysia. Now in its 9th year, IGEM successfully generated business leads of over RM23 billion since its inception in 2010, and has drawn in more than 450,000 visitors comprising delegates, dignitaries, and representatives from over 50 countries.
I am pleased to note that IGEM 2018 exceeded both MESTECC’s and our expectations by surpassing the set targets, with RM4.155 billion potential business leads, 39, 803 visitors, 281 exhibition booths, 37 participating countries, and RM7.19 million worth of PR value. The success of IGEM through the years has also enhanced GreenTech Malaysia’s reputation as
a champion and driver of green standards.
This is further reflected by the fact that the ASEAN Centre of Energy (ACE) collaborated with us to be their certification body for Energy Management Gold Standard (EMGS) in Malaysia. A regional certification system under the ASEAN Energy Management Scheme (AEMAS), EMGS aims to promote excellence in energy management.
Being named the EMGS certification body was a tremendous vote of confidence for our capabilities and we are proud to have been recognised at a regional level. This has also strengthened our credibility and credentials, and has been of tremendous value in our drive to enhance energy management in Malaysia.
Since our appointment as the EMGS certification body in 2016, we’ve carried out a total of 215 assessments of which 170 were certified. Of these, 83 were assessed in 2018 and 27 certified the same year.
Positioning for Growth
As I wrap up on all the best of the year, it is a fitting finale to say that GreenTech Malaysia successfully met the ISO 9001:2015 standard on 1 June 2018. This achievement is not a surprise, for quality has to be inherent before it becomes visible. We are constantly bettering ourselves, to keep up and hopefully overtake, the constantly changing trends in the global village we live in.
We do this with an ebullient team spirit that focuses on talent development, by ensuring transparency and open communications and most importantly, we always look forward and grab opportunities where we find them, and sometimes plant opportunities where we can’t.
I take this opportunity to quote the adage “united we stand, divided we fall” – we alone cannot make a resounding impact, and our successful partnerships have also been instrumental in bringing Malaysia closer to our overarching national targets. We have witnessed Malaysia make monumental strides in achieving sustainability targets, and nothing gives me more pride than being at the helm of a small part of this change.
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