LABUAN: – The nation’s green technology development continues to progress with an estimated RM22.4 billion in contribution expected
to be channeled into the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2020 and RM60 billion in 2030.
The contribution was based on the strategies and action plan of the Green Technology Master Plan. Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili said the master plan would also estimate the creation of employment from 84,565 in 2014 to 144,590 in 2020 and 211,500 in 2030.
He said the National Waste Grid program in collaboration between his ministry and Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) would also be implemented to ensure a dynamic and effective waste management.
“The program will contribute to the new economic development rapidly, with high quality of green-based products, using the waste management approach holistically through a government and private sector smart-partnership initiative,” he said at the launching of YaHijau Green Youth of Malaysia Green Foundation at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMSKAL) here today.
He said the approach on the use of waste as raw materials would accelerate the development of recycling industry that could generate income to the nation and for environment conservation.
Dr Maximus said the Green Technology and Climate Change Council (MTHPI) had also agreed to further develop Green-Blue Packaging to establish green packaging industry in the country, with the objective among others to assist the small and medium enterprise.
“Putrajaya being a green municipality is chosen for this pioneer green technology program involving food premises,” he said.
Meanwhile, to further accelerate electric vehicle development in the country, the National Electric Mobility Action Plan was approved with three main objectives on promotion and encouragement on the use of electric vehicle in the public transport sector, strengthening the electric mobility ecosystem and electric vehicle charging station infrastructure and expediting the local electric mobility technology development.
He said 300 charging stations with a cost of RM5 million would be built this year.
Dr Maximus said the establishment of the Malaysia Green Foundation in March 2014 as a non-profit organisation under the ministry was responsible for the promotion and providing better understanding on green technology development among the people at large including students of higher learning institutions and schools.- BERNAMA