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Chin: Govt concerned about global warming

by Anthony Joseph, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on July 15, 2012, Sunday

GO GREEN: Chin turns the cards to launch the carnival while others look on.

MIRI: The government is concerned about global warming, brought about by increasing greenhouse gas emissions and human activities, which has resulted in a decrease of natural resources and an increase in the number of natural disasters.

Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin disclosed that this challenge must be addressed effectively and collectively by the global community, during the launch of Green Community Carnival ‘1Green 1Community’ here yesterday.

In order to achieve the carnival’s objectives, the community’s awareness and commitment were needed, Chin said.

“Towards this effort, my ministry with the support of the various agencies under the ministry such as GreenTech Malaysia has launched various programmes as catalysts to attain sustainable development of green technology in the country,” he added.

Chin said various incentives had been provided to encourage the private sector to take serious steps to adopt green technology in their business and daily activities.

In addition, the ministry had always supported any cooperation between international institutions and local institutions to conduct research on the development of green technology such as the collaboration through a memorandum of understanding between Miri City Council and Malaysian Green Technology Corporation on ‘Low Carbon Cities Framework and Assessment System’ which was signed on Feb 25.

Another memorandum of understanding would be signed between the council and Itramas Technology Miri Sdn Bhd as part of the green project’s initiative.

“Through such collaboration and cooperation, I believe the local community here would be able to understand the green technology projects to be undertaken by both parties. As such, Miri will be the pioneer to green technology and green lifestyle efforts in the state,” he said.

Chin also believed that through the carnival, the people would receive energy and water saving tips, the green way of life that can be applied in homes, offices and so on through displays provided.

The government also wanted every section of society to adopt green technology in their daily lives through application of 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle).

In addition, the carnival will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to introduce products and processes that improve on existing technology with emphasis on the elements of green technology to date.

The first Green Community Carnival was held on Feb 25at PermyMall here.

Present were the ministry’s deputy secretary-general Nor Aini Abdul Wahab, Mayor Lawrence Lai and GreenTech Malaysia acting chief executive officer Ahmad Zairin Ismail.

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