In light of international commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions following the 2015 United Nations’ Paris Climate Change Conference, countries around the world are increasingly prioritising the promotion of energy efficiency and sustainability as a means of reducing carbon emissions. In Malaysia, the government is taking concrete steps towards this end by implementing a series of strategic action plans aimed at boosting resource optimisation in key economic sectors and laying the groundwork for a low-carbon future.
It is in this context that International Investor staged the Minister-Industry Dialogue (MID), which provided a platform for discussion between high-level public and private stakeholders on the topics of energy efficiency and sustainability. The MID was chaired by the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, and focused on the energy ecosystem and how to maximise the impact of energy-efficient and sustainable measures across the board. In addition to debate among the panellists, the event included feedback and questions from distinct industry leaders who were present in the audience. This ensured that the MID took a dynamic and comprehensive approach to addressing the key issues facing leading economic sectors in relation to energy efficiency and sustainability.
A central theme arising from the MID was the need to combine comprehensive incentives with sector-specific targets and regulation to ensure that energy efficiency initiatives fulfil their potential. The importance of awareness raising schemes aimed at educating stakeholders on the benefits of energy efficiency was also highlighted, in addition to the importance of the energy pricing model in the context of promoting energy efficiency and sustainable prices.
“Many associated challenges are cross sectoral and involve multiple industries, so it is important to discuss practical ways in which efforts between the public and private sector can be aligned”.
“TNB is fully committed to building a strong relationship with our customers and this includes taking proactive efforts to promote the benefits of energy efficiency”.
“The crucial factor for all 190 countries which have signed up to COP 21, including Malaysia, is that their respective transitions are done according to their own social, economic and technology realities and at their own pace”.
Dr Xiaodong Wang
Senior Energy Specialist
“The question of reducing emissions and increasing energy efficiency in the transport sector is important because transport is the largest consumer of energy in the country”.
“Pricing is vital for securing energy efficiency: too cheap and people can waste it, but too expensive and no one uses it”.
“The long-term objective in Malaysia should be to emulate parts of the world in which energy efficiency and sustainability endeavours are taken up not because of regulatory requirements or financial rewards, but rather, because the public believes in a green lifestyle”.
Maximus holds a degree in agricultural sciences and a PhD in agricultural economics from La Trobe University, Australia. He began his career lecturing at the former Universiti Pertanian Malaysia before moving into politics by becoming a Member of Parliament for Kota Marudu, Sabah in 1995. He first joined the Federal Cabinet in 2004 and became Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in 2008. Maximus won re-election in 2013 and subsequently took up his current ministerial duties.
Zaini is a registered engineer in Malaysia and a chartered engineer in the UK. He has acted as visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Imperial College London and authored numerous scientific papers on environmental management. Zaini was Secretary General at the Ministry of Higher Education from 2015 to 2016, Chairman of the Malaysia Higher Education Blueprint (2015- 2025) task force, and is spearheading the national governance and financial drive towards sustainability.
Roslina holds a degree in electrical engineering from Lakehead University, Canada and an MBA from the University of New England, Australia. She has been with TNB for over three decades, having begun as an electrical engineer in Johor Bahru in 1985. She has subsequently occupied a number of roles including time on secondment to the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department to advise on energy matters. She assumed her current responsibilities in 2009.
Abdul Razak has a degree in electrical engineering as well as an MBA, and began his career at Lembaga Letrik Negara, now TNB, where he served the national utility for 36 years. Subsequently, he became CEO of MyPOWER Corporation, a special purpose vehicle under KeTTHA, which was established to formulate a long-term reform programme for the electricity industry. Abdul Razak assumed his current post in 2014 and has since championed the ongoing development of the supply network.
Firouz has a civil engineering degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined PETRONAS in 1989 and has broad experience from domestic and international assignments in the upstream and downstream segments. Firouz has occupied various senior positions during this time, including Country Chairman of PETRONAS Vietnam, Chairman of PETRONAS Sabah & Labuan, and Vice President of Refining & Trading.
Lee Yeow Chor
IOI Corporation Berhad
Yeow Chor is a registered barrister from Gray’s Inn, London with a law degree from King’s College London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics. He was a Director of the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation from 2011 to 2013, is currently Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, a Council Member at the Malaysian Palm Oil Association and a Director of Bank Negara Malaysia. Yeow Chor assumed his current role in 2014.
Chin Soo Mau
Malaysian Photovoltaic Industry Association (MPIA)
Soo Mau holds a Higher National Diploma in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Nottingham Trent University and has over 22 years of experience in the electrical industry, with a decade spent in the solar photovoltaic sector. He founded Pekat Group and is President of the MPIA for 2017-2018. Soo Mau works closely with KeTTHA and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry on developing the national policy framework for solar energy and promoting the industry in the global market.
Dr Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh
Konsortium Transnasional Berhad (KTB)
Nadzmi graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Chemistry and Mathematics and he also holds a masters in Economics and Statistics from Miami University. He has extensive experience in the automotive and public transportation industry having previously served as CEO of EON and both Managing Director and Chairman of Proton. In addition to his duties at KTB, Nadzmi is Executive Chairman of Nadicorp Holdings Sdn Bhd, Transocean Holdings Berhad and Express Rail Link.
Xiaodong holds a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. She has over 20 years of experience in financing investment projects and providing policy advice to governments on energy efficiency, clean energy and climate change in more than 20 countries in East Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, Africa and Latin America. In addition to her time at the World Bank, Xiaodong has fulfilled a number of distinct roles at the UNDP Global Environment Facility and the UN Foundation.
Ben Yeoh Choon San
Bermaz Auto Berhad
Ben has a Higher National Diploma in Automotive Engineering and is a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry, UK. He has over 40 years of experience in the automotive industry, in which time his work has encompassed the various fields of retail, distribution and manufacturing. His career began at Cycle & Carriage Bintang Sdn Bhd, prior to roles at Borneo Motors Sdn Bhd, the Proton Group, and Hyundai-Sime Darby Bhd. Ben assumed his current position at Bermaz Auto Berhad in 2011.
FD Iskandar Mohamed Mansor
FD Iskandar holds a law degree and an MBA from the University of Queensland, Australia. He joined Glomac in 1992 and was appointed to the company Board in 1997. During his career, he has performed a variety of functions for distinct private limited companies as well as having served as a City Advisory Board Member for Kuala Lumpur City Hall. He assumed his current position at Glomac in 2000 and the four-year Presidency of the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (REHDA) in 2014.
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