Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste

March 21, 2020

Not renewable energy, but close enough. And we gotta shutdown the spigot, not catch the drops.

Dateline 2020-01-16, Energyworld:

Scooping waste from a Malaysian river to stop it reaching the sea, a solar-powered barge named the “Interceptor” is the latest weapon in a global battle to rid the world’s waters of plastic.

Trash is being dumped into seas and rivers in enormous quantities, polluting vital habitats, endangering a kaleidoscope of marine life and sullying once pristine tourist spots.

Some eight million tons of plastics enter the world’s oceans every year, from straws tossed into gutters to mismanaged waste from rapidly growing economies, according to US-based group Ocean Conservancy.


Seda strengthened renewable energy growth in 2019

March 7, 2020

Dateline 2020-01-04, Malay Mail:

Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) Malaysia has approved a total of cumulative net energy metering (NEM) programme quota of 108MW as of November 2019.

Seda Malaysia chairman Wong Kah Woh said the total approved quota portrayed a positive growth of 7.8 times increment, to compare with the previous three years, which only stands at a 13.86MW take-up rate.

“This success is largely contributed by the newly improved NEM 2.0 programme,” he said in a press release on Seda Malaysia’s Report Card 2019.

Meanwhile, the cumulative NEM approved in 2019 was the highest at 94.14MW in 2019 as compared to 11.53MW in 2018, 2.33MW in 2017 and 0.01MW in 2016.


Govt aims for 20% renewable energy use by 2025

February 10, 2020

Vision 20/25 anyone?

Dateline 2019-12-14, The Sun:

Malaysia remains committed to addressing the climate change in line with the Paris Agreement and Climate Change Convention as the government is seeking to increase the country’s target of renewable energy generation to 20% by 2025.

The commitment was stated by Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Deputy Minister, Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (pix), who represented Malaysia at the High-Level Segment in the 25th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP25), from Dec 10 to 12 in Madrid, Spain.

At the conference, Isnaraissah Munirah mentioned that Malaysia had developed policies, regulatory and financial ecosystems respectively, to foster a green economy and low-carbon sustainable development.


Sabah signs RM100 mil deal with Japanese renewable energy firm

February 1, 2020

Dateline 2019-12-04, FMT:

Tokyo-based Blue Capital Management Ltd will invest RM100 million to start a biomass energy plant in Sabah’s Lahad Datu Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC).

An agreement signed among POIC Lahad Datu, Sabah firm Blossom Bio Energy and Blue Capital includes a 20-year lease agreement in POIC Lahad Datu Estate.

Under the deal signed in Tokyo, Japan, today, Blossom Bio Energy and Blue Capital will jointly undertake the construction of the renewable energy factory.

The plant is expected to source Sabah palm oil kernel and empty shells as raw materials to produce renewable energy, with Blue Capital using its energy storage system to export the product to Japan.


Sunway Hotels & Resorts Converts Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel Through Partnership with Fathopes Energy

January 10, 2020

Should make this mandatory for the whole food services industry, using a carrot and prod rod approach.

Dateline 2019-11-12, Yahoo Finance:

Sunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Malaysian conglomerate Sunway Group, partners with FatHopes Energy for the recycling of its used cooking oil into biodiesel, taking another significant step on its commitment towards a sustainable environment. Through this sustainability initiative, more than fifty percent (50%) of the participating Sunway Hotels’ used cooking oil is expected to be recycled and collected by FatHopes Energy on a weekly basis at the hotels’ respective collection centres to be converted into biodiesel.


Seda introduces P2P trading programme to encourage use of renewable energy

January 6, 2020

How does this work compared to FIP, which has a higher kwh sale price?

Dateline 2019-10-30, EdgeProp:

Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) has introduced a peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading programme to encourage more Malaysians to use renewable energy such as solar power, theSundaily reported yesterday.

Seda chairman Wong Kah Woh told theSun in a recent interview that energy trading allows those who generate excess energy through their solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to sell the additional power to other consumers.


Pakatan launches greener transport policy with five thrusts, 23 strategies

December 30, 2019

Dateline 2019-10-17, Malay Mail:

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government unveiled today the National Transport Policy (NTP) 2019-2030 that has sustainability at its core.

The blueprint emphasises five key policies and 23 supporting strategies towards the development of a holistic transportation plan for the country.

Under the NTP, the government aims to create a conducive environment for the transport sector; optimise, build and maintain transport infrastructure, services and networks to maximise efficiency; and enhance safety, integration, connectivity and accessibility for seamless passengers and goods movement.