Published on March 21st, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
GREENTECH MALAYSIA: REDEFINING THE GREEN GAME
Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) continues to successfully lead the nation’s green technology landscape through impactful projects under its four flagships; Green Malaysia Plan, Green Procurement, Electric Mobility and Sustainable Living, encouraging Malaysians to a green lifestyle resulting in a vibrant local green economy.
Under the leadership of Ir. Ahmad Hadri Haris, GreenTech Malaysia has since 2013, raised the bar to introduce game-changing initiatives working in partnership with over 100 partners comprising international and local government ministries municipal councils, financial institutions, public and private corporations as well as academia.
In the area of Electric Mobility, GreenTech Malaysia has embarked on several engagements with stakeholders and the public to create greater awareness on the feasibility of electric vehicles (EVs) for public and private ownership. One of the key initiatives is the Tesla Programme initiated in 2015, which saw the Government approved for 100 Teslas to be imported to the country on a duty-free basis, to be leased to corporate leaders and key influencers to advocate the benefits of EVs. To date the organisation has delivered 17 Teslas, adding to the 114 number of EVs currently on Malaysia roads.
In support of the increasing shift to EVs, GreenTech Malaysia launched its very own charging station network, ChargEV, in 2015, to provide EV users greater charging convenience. The ChargEV technology is developed in partnership with The New Motion, a global leading manufacturer for EV charging system.
To date, GreenTech Malaysia has installed 150 ChargEV stations across the nation with the support from the increasingly eco-minded premise owners and property developers. GreenTech Malaysia is confident of expanding the network further, particularly with the partnerships forged with PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad and BMW Malaysia.
“After years of advocating, I am pleased to share that we are beginning to see a gradual shift to EVs as these have proven to be a practical solution to pollution while also helping drivers to save cost on fuel and maintenance and providing a green lifestyle option in transportation,” he added.
Under the Sustainable Living Flagship, the Low Carbon Cities Framework and Assessment System has been extended to 52 local authorities currently, an impressive rise from 6 in 2013. This is a clear indication that more local authorities are prioritising the concept of sustainable cities for their municipalities. GreenTech Malaysia targets to have all 154 local authorities understand the concept of the framework and 52 local authorities to implement the LCCF and produced their baseline CO2 data by 2020. For more information, please visit www.greentechmalaysia.my.