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MALAYSIA – Green Shrimp Farm

MALAYSIA – Green Shrimp Farm. …
He said the shrimp farmingindustry was facing the challenges of fluctuating product price …

December 30, 2009


The future is ‘Green’ – Cityscape Intelligence

Economic reforms ‘will increase investment in Malaysia’ 
The industry of green materials and services is also developing in India. 

December 22, 2009


ECOWARRIORZ: Energy from Garbage – India’s Loss Malaysia’s Gain…
By Mary Maguire
Recycle Energy Sdn. Bhd. Malaysia. At the heart of the operations is the patented Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) technology. Waste is thrown into the machines which get sorted out with plastic metal etc., getting separated at the first stage 

December 21, 2009


BERNAMA – Automotive Industry Urged To Invest More On Green And …

“Perhaps Malaysian companies can collaborate with our universities … developinggreen and clean technology for the automotive industry,” …

December 14, 2009


To Get Rich is Glorious: The economics of green energy
By Colin
The economics of green energy. Today’s New York Times features an article which basically admits alternative energy doesn’t make any sense absent government intervention. To wit: “The renewable energy industry in the U.S. is an underdeveloped developing industry,” said … Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, said there would be more such investment in the United States if it had incentives like those in China, Malaysia or South Korea . 

December 4, 2009


Look, your phone’s been recycled!

TODAYonline – Singapore
Nokia is running a “Recycle A Phone; Adopt A Tree” programme in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. With every phone sent in for recycling, customers will …

November 27, 2009


World’s single largest palm oil event begins Monday | Palm Oil HQ

By Palm Oil HQ
Over 1800 participants from the global oils and fats fraternity will be attending the four-day International Palm Oil Congress 2009 (PIPOC 2009) beginning today, organised by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB).  MPOB chairman Datuk Sabri Ahmad said PIPOC had turned into a global forum and a landmark event over the past 25 years as it benchmarked the oil palm industry in terms of advances in research and scientific findings by MPOB, the oil palm industry and other 

November 9, 2009


Pour cooking oil Into the engine? 
Malaysia Star – Petaling Jaya,Malaysia
Japanese recycling entrepreneur Yumi Someya of U’s Corp was recently named  In Malaysia, the potential of developing this green fuel is only now being 

November 3, 2009


All Cleaners and Maids are Eco-Friendly
By KLPJ Malaysia
Realizing the potential for recycling projects in their Seri Raja Chulan condominium, two residents, Gregers Reimann and Matthias Gelber from the Eco Warriors Malaysia, put their plan into action. Reimann first started a small recycling …


ELECRAMA 2010 To Enhance Malaysia’s Power Sector Industry

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 (Bernama) — Malaysian power companies, manufacturers and investors are set to tap into India’s power sector industry through the ELECRAMA 2010 exhibition to be held in Mumbai next year.
The world’s biggest power transmission and distribution expo and the largest one-stop-shop for electrical and industrial electronics, ELECRAMA 2010 exhibition is being organised by the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA).
“Malaysia’s appetite for higher capacity of power is increasing. In fact, the government of Malaysia looking towards green technology, bespeaks the importance of attending ELECRAMA 2010,” Organising Chairman of the exhibition, Raj Eswaran said in a statement, Monday.
The five-day expo will be held from Jan 20 to 24, 2010 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai with the theme “Power is Here, Future is Now”.
— BERNAMA

November 02, 2009


邱文發:喚起民眾護環境‧環保運動成全球命題

 2009-11-02 14:30
(檳 城)陶淵明的《桃花源記》、海明威《老人與海》、沈從文的《邊城》,從東方到西方、自古代到現在,環保或生態文學在文壇上其實一直沒有缺席,而大馬,自然 也不例外。

馬 來西亞南京大學校友會邱文發說,當前世界各國,包括大馬,如火如荼的展開環保醒覺運動,喚起民眾維護環境的衛生,減少使用對環境有害之物,或降低工業污水 及廢氣排出等。這些運動形成環保成為當前世界重要的命題。

& ldquo;事實上,中國古代哲學思想家如孔子、孟子、莊子及老子,早在2000多年前,就具體陳述愛護自然的觀點。儒家主張把仁愛精神推廣到所有人及宇 宙萬物,達到天人合一之境。”

他 週日(11月1日)在由馬來西亞南京大學校友會與韓江學院中文碩士班在韓江學院聯辦的“馬華環保文學講座”開幕 禮上,這麼說。

3國內外知名作家主講

會 上共有3國內外知名作家主講,包括南京大學文學院中國現當代文學教授張光芒、砂拉越及沙巴環保作家田思以及《雨林急鼓》作家孫福盛。演講題目分別為《詩意 地棲居——生態文學的永恒主題》、《記憶遺珠,重煥光彩——一個古鎮 的文化環保經驗》以及《生態文學的 敘事倫理價值》,和檳城民眾分享大馬的環保文學經驗。

儀 式上,韓江學院中文系系主任黃妃亦受邀致歡迎詞。

星 洲日報/大北馬‧2009.11.01

拯救 地球
 2009-11-02 14:03
(吉 打‧浮羅交怡)6000名學生,身穿綠色衣衫,齊聚浮羅交怡,一起來“拯救地球”!來自30間學校的6000名 學生響應號召,來到浮羅交怡參與“拯救我們的地球運動”。

這 項由大馬大自然愛好者協會、浮羅交怡發展機構、地方政府及Asian Overland Services公司等聯辦的活動,是要向年輕一代灌輸環保意識。這6000名學生們在能源、綠色工藝及水務部副秘書長拿督阿茲瑪見證下,在沙灘上以人形 坐成“Selamatkan Bumi Kita”(拯救我們的地球)的字樣。

星 洲日報/花城‧2009.11.01

Malaysia’s gardens are latest tourism products
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 31 (Bernama) —
The Tourism Ministry plans to promote Malaysia’s gardens as the country’s latest tourist attraction and tourism product globally beginning next year.

Tourism Minister Dr Ng Yen Yen told a press conference here today that she plans to promote Malaysia’s gardens, flora and fauna and was recruiting garden designers and garden tourist guides as well as coming up with garden tour packages overseas.

“We have identified Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, Putrajaya, Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, Fraser’s Hill, Shah Alam, Taiping Lake Gardens, the Penang Botanical and Spice Gardens, the Botanical Garden and 1,000 Flower Park in Perlis as our first garden tourism destinations.

“Our gardens have never been structured as a tourism product and yet overseas, there are garden tourism packages. This is our first phase and we will continue our development. I have instructed our tourism directors worldwide to identify tour opreators dealing with garden and park tourism,” said Ng.

To ensure feasibility of the project, Ng brought in three world renowned garden designers namely Jane Huntley and Gilbert Vahe from the stunning Monet Garden in Paris and Jekka McVicar, one of the world’s foremost authorities on garden designs.

“I have just been stunned by the plants I’ve seen, its absolutely fantastic.

I have had many magical moments here especially when the Minister (Ng) told us to listen to the natural chorus of the jungle of the forest in Fraser’s Hill.

“What you’ve got here in Fraser’s Hill, Penang Hill, and Melaka where you can walk in a forest where you have nature on your doorstep. They (tourists) will just be so absolutely, gobsmacked from the sheer impact of the plants,” McVicar said.

As part of the promotion programme, Tourism Malaysia will take part in the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show in the United Kingdom, a prestigious and important competition and event in the world of gardens and gardening.

The ministry was identifying a Malaysian garden designer who had won international competitions to help the government design a garden at the show.

“We call on Malaysians with a passion for gardening to help us become garden tourist guides and someone who has won an international gardening competition to help us in designing our garden for the Chelsea Flower Show,” Ng said. (BERNAMA)

Today In Asia : Last Update : 16:25:01 31 October 2009 (GMT+7:00)


The German Green Ambassador

Posted on October 30, 2009. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

(Bernama) — The wheels of his bicycle races on the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur as cars honk along the congested lanes during peak hour madness.
He navigates through the rough terrains of the city landscape – avoiding the potholes, slowing down for pedestrians and careful to distance himself away from the oncoming traffic.
He takes this route everyday to work, cycling by houses, apartments and skyscrapers, noticeably the iconic Petronas Twin Towers located just a few blocks away from his workplace.

Taking only 10 minutes to reach his building, it was another triumphant morning as he managed to escape the traffic nightmare experienced by others on the road. Wiping off the beads of sweat on his forehead, he locks his bicycle then fixes his tie and suit. Upon entering the office a staff greets, “Good Morning Your Excellency!”.
Now how many diplomatic officials can claim that they travel to work on sheer pedal power? German Ambassador Dr Guenter Georg Gruber definitely can.

THE GREEN AMBASSADOR
It is a common understanding that Germans are obsessed with punctuality, but that doesn’t prevent Dr Gruber from arriving to work, business meetings or official functions with wheels of a different kind.
Discarding the more stylish rides available from the fast cars that his country is famous for, Dr Gruber insists on reducing his carbon footprint by engaging in a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

“If I took my car to the office, it can take me close to an hour to reach there compared to when I cycle, which takes only 10 minutes. Less fuel, less time and less headache,” said the 61 year-old Ambassador. And he is not the only one with headaches.

Malaysia has one of the highest rates of Single-Occupancy Vehicles (SOV) in the world. According to a report issued in 2007, about 65 to 70 per cent of the cars entering the city were SOV. About 125,000 vehicles i.e. 65 per cent (on average) of vehicles that crosses the MRRII highway during the morning and evening peak hours are SOV.
The Mayor of Kuala Lumpur Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail estimates that currently over a million motorists mostly SOV drive into the city daily. These vehicles which travel with very low efficiency, attribute to congestion and green house gas emission.
Dr. Gruber stated, “I also cycle to functions that are nearby my office (located at Jalan Tun Razak). But what’s funny is that when I arrive at the hotel valets along with the other fancy cars, I’m told I can’t park my bicycle there. Even after I tell them I’m an Ambassador!”.

MADE IN GERMANY
The Ambassador might receive curious stares when he cycles to work here, but his environmental fervour is nothing strange to the German community.
The green wave which hit their shores in the 1970s continues its momentum till today, affecting generations of Germans with advanced thinking in the green revolution.

Germany is considered the world leader in renewables and energy leading the sustainable industry revolution. Its green technology benefits and its companies has helped to influence the global environment by setting a good example for a developed nation.
In 2007, Germany was the ‘world champion’ in energy saving, whereby it registered the world’s largest decline in energy consumption.
The European country is also number one in the fields of photovoltaics and wind energy. Meanwhile renewables, make up more than 15 per cent of domestic electricity production and it has a 10 per cent share of global renewables market in 2008, with a target of increasing it to 20 per cent by 2020.

Germany raked 29 billion Euro (RM143 billion) in revenues in 2008 from this industry, and over 9 billion Euro (RM 44 billion) in exports and over 13 billion Euro (RM 64 billion) in domestic investments.
They also lead in the research and development of green technology worldwide with over 15 billion Euro (RM74 billion) in government investment. The renewable sector also employed some 280,000 employees in 2008, a number they hope to push to 400,000 by 2020.

MALAYSIA CAN BE A ROLE MODEL
Amidst all the successes achieved by Germany in promoting green technology, Dr Gruber was quick to add that it has been a long journey for the country.
“It took 40 years for Germany to develop effective green policies, and we are still improving our ways to promote a more sustainable industry. Back in the 1960’s Germany was occupied with growth, building our economy at whatever cost. We exhausted our natural resources, and didn’t care about our forest and rivers.
The breakthrough happened in the 1970’s when grassroot movement pushed for greener policies, subsequently the German Green Party was founded in 1980, running on a predominantly environmental platform and it achieved national prominence.

The success of the Green party, he said, was more than political. It ingrained in the mindset of Germans to be more environmentally conscious and to vote for greener policies.
“In a way, Malaysia today is reminiscent of Germany in the 70’s. The country is on the brink of a green revolution and I think Malaysia can be a role model for others in forging the way. Malaysia, having one of the richest biodiversities in the world could become a key player. You have everything – water, sun, natural resources”, he remarked.

GREEN IS IN
Malaysia has already kick-started several bilateral partnerships with some of German’s flagship enterprises in the green industry.

Major investments by German companies include the joint venture with Q-cells, the world’s largest manufacturer of photovoltaic cells. Its factory at Selangor Science Park started operating this year producing solar cells for the world market.
With an investment of 1 billion, Euro Q-cells will also provide solar cells for the state of Selangor for the use of a township comprising of a quarter million people over the next 10 years.

Other German players are also making their presence felt in Malaysia through collaborations in biofuel innovations and transfer of technology for green building (architecture). Additionally, courses in sustainable development are being introduced in local universities by German varsities.
“There’s a lot that Malaysia can do in this industry since saving energy is not a burden, but a chance for a new market and more employment opportunities. Fossil fuels are limited, so energy saved is the best source of energy.”

The country can invest in the insulation of homes and buildings, lay the groundwork for renewable energy sources in the industrial and agricultural sectors as well as improve on the public transportation, among others,” Dr Gruber said.
He added that the government could also support energy-efficient programmes, including providing research grants, renewable energy export initiative, energy efficiency export initiative and others.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT
Glancing at the Twin Towers from his high-rise office, Dr Gruber commented that even though he hopes that the green wave will speed up in Malaysia,Germany understands that countries have the right to develop.

“Germany will not tell Malaysia what to do. We are here to share experiences and to bring like-minded Malaysians for the green cause.
Germany is willing to go the extra mile, and we have the track record to prove our green commitment. In 2007, 8 per cent of our GDP came from environmental technology and we aim to boost it to 14 per cent by 2020. We want to further reduce our energy consumption by 25 to 30 per cent.”

A pioneer in green technology, Dr Gruber stated that Germany sees the potential for Malaysia to join the ranks of the industry’s front-runners like Voith (whose turbines and generators generate a third of the world’s hydroelectric power), and Bosch-Siemens, Osram and Miele (which produce efficient household devices).
“The demand for green technology is growing, and the faster Malaysia joins the bandwagon, the better the quality of life for all Malaysians. Alternatives are always there for us, but are we up to take the challenge?”.

In the meantime, if you happen to see Dr Gruber cycling around the streets of Kuala Lumpur, do not forget to say hello, or as the Germans say ‘Guten tag!’.


The Green Market – Opportunities, Competencies, Complexities
CSR ASIA: Vol.5 Week 40      07/10/2009
by Jayanthi Naidu Desan  [email protected]

For example, up till June of 2009, Malaysia had attracted almost RM12 billion in investments from the solar photovoltaics industry through FDIs.

The green market is set to boom. The global market for environmental products and services is predicted to double from $1.37 trillion a year at present to $2.74 trillion by 2020 (WRI and UNEP). Further, the building and construction industry is scheduled to create 2.6 million new green jobs by 2030. Green industry purchasing is penetrating the supply chain with various government and industry led purchasing guides including the much awaited Walmart Sustainability Index which is scheduled to be launched incrementally.

National economies are trying to out-green each other with various new polices. Renewable energy technologies has created 1 million new jobs inChina in the last 3 years. Obama’s Green Deal is based on a $150 billion investment plan for clean energy, hybrid cars and renewable power. InMalaysia, Prime Minister Najib Razak’s vision for a ‘Green Malaysia’ came to fruition with the recent launch of the National Green Technology Policy. This bodes well for an incipient green market in the country

While the role of public policy is clearly important, it is certainly not enough to turn around the market,

Malaysia’s Green Technology Policy is part of the Razak government’s agenda for the newly set up Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water. The four pillars of energy, environment, economy and social support the underlying policy drive. A Green Technology Council which monitors and advises on the policy is being set up. The policy outlines 5 strategic thrusts towards implementing the framework including strengthening institutional frameworks, providing a conducive environment for green technology development, intensifying human capital development in green technology, intensifying green technology research and innovations as well as ongoing promotion and public awareness.

Malaysia’s seriousness to go green is based on the opportunities that lie in a green future. For Malaysia, moving towards a greener market can provide benefits that include savings on foreign exchange, increased competitiveness of industries, expansion of export markets, new job opportunities and a better environment.

 

For example, up till June of 2009, Malaysia had attracted almost RM12 billion in investments from the solar photovoltaics industry through FDIs. The potential of creating a new generation of green collared workers is also an incentive. The California example is telling. It is reported that clean energy policies have led to the creation of 10,000 new businesses and 125,000 jobs in the state in 2007 although it must be noted that the economic crisis has pushed California’s unemployment rate to 11.9 percent in

mid-2009.

What does the green technology policy mean to businesses?

Malaysian businesses that can particularly benefit are those in the energy supply and demand sector. In the area of energy supply, green technology is particularly useful in power generation and in energy supply management areas. Potentials can include more co-generation by the industrial and commercial sectors which can lead to cost efficiencies. Similar opportunities lie in the energy utilisation sector and in demand side management programmes.

 

The growth is exponential and presents vast new opportunities. Presently, every one per cent growth in gross domestic product (GDP) is accompanied by a growth in energy demand (and associated green house gas emissions) of 1.2 to 1.5 per cent. Further, there is a renewed emphasis on alternative energies in an attempt to steer away reliance from oil and gas. For example, the government is already exploring the potential of using wind as a source of renewable energy in Malaysia. The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is already undertaking tests in several parts of Malaysia to access its viability.

In the building sector, the construction, management, maintenance and demolition of buildings can provide new avenues for a greener construction industry. Not only will there be more companies vying for green certifications for their buildings but this will also see the drive for a greener supply chain. One study reveals that every building or industrial plant constructed without optimal energy efficiency represents a lost opportunity to lock in lower energy consumption for decades.

Similarly, the waste and water management sector can possibly see technology demand in the management and utilisation of water resources, waste water treatment, solid waste and sanitary landfill.

Also, the transportation sector may be able to incorporate green technology in transportation infrastructure and vehicles, particularly through development of biofuels and public road transport.

In short, a robust green policy can be seen as helping to overcome technological barriers, create a level playing field for these technologies and drive new markets. While the role of public policy is clearly important, it is certainly not enough to turn around the market, particularly an emerging one. Companies themselves need to harness the policy and develop more strategic approaches.

For example, in terms of products, companies need to capitalize on the demand for green products which will grow exponentially. The opportunities for innovation is immense and much stems from a deeper understanding of life-cycle and environmental implications of their products. Companies such as BASF, DuPont and HP have benefited from green offerings. The innovation has lead to enhanced competitiveness.

Further, companies need to ensure that their human capital development has the necessary competenceand aptitude. Ensuring that there is skilled, qualified and competent human capital is a crucial element of green productivity.

Firstly, in order to develop such products and competencies, leadership and governance becomes paramount. There must be clarity of vision and values which cut across departmental boundaries. Only then can any strategy for innovation be executed.

Secondly, there must be tools for behavioural change to make a reality of policies including training and communication towards implementation of ideas and strategies. Companies can intensify human capital development by availing training and education programmes. IBM for example is partnering with universities to develop courses on designing and managing green data centers.

Thirdly, key systems and processes need to underpin integrated delivery. First generation green collared workers have no precedents or best practices. New competencies demand new work processes or technicalities which must be structured. This innovation management, so to speak, will be able to provide the consistency that is sometimes lacking in evolving industries.

Fourthly,
 monitoring of services and products must include designing and evaluation of performance indicators which provide an interactive audit of achievements and failures.

The green market provides vast opportunities for businesses to innovate and grow as well as develop new paths of competitiveness.   Governments are slowly taking the lead in providing the policy frameworks but if companies fail to harness the potential paved by such policies, it is an opportunity lost.

 

While there are multiple complexities particularly in developing competencies and the accompanying technicalities, the challenges are more scalable with ongoing public-private interaction.

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