Tuesday, October 15

Green tech to play major role in Malaysia’s competitiveness

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PETALING JAYA: The government foresees green technology playing a major role in ensuring Malaysia remains competitive in the international market as global demand for sustainable products increases.

“The government has made a conditional commitment to reduce Malaysia’s carbon intensity by 40 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2020,” said Undersecretary of Sustainable Energy Division from the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), Che Zuriati Muda.

She told this to reporters after launching LG’s new energy savings home appliances here.

The new LG products include refrigerators with energy efficient innovation for lasting freshness, washing machines with six motion direct drive technology, lightwave convection oven and vacuum cleaners.

Che Zuriati said the government has undertaken various measures and initiatives to mitigate carbon emissions such as promoting the use of renewable energy and enhancing energy efficiency efforts.

“KeTTHA has initiated the Sustainability Achieved Via Energy Efficiency or SAVE Program that was launched on July 7, 2011 to encourage the use of energy efficient appliances.”

The programme included rebates of RM200 on the purchase of refrigerators, RM100 on air conditioners and RM200 per tonne of chiller for commercial use.

Meanwhile, Che Zuriati said the media should play their role to promote energy efficient products that provide more cost savings to consumers and industries. — Bernama