Minister Ongkili invites the world to Create a Green Future with Malaysia
10 JUNE 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan - Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia, Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili today officiated the opening of the Malaysia Pavilion at EXPO 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, which will run from 10 June to 10 September 2017. Gracing the opening of the Malaysia Pavilion were several country commissioners, and senior officials from the Ministry and its agencies.
Over 150 entities, including 62 speakers and 94 private and government organisations who are part of the Malaysian delegation to EXPO 2017, will participate in various activities lined up to promote and showcase best practices and what Malaysia has to offer in green energy.
Minister Ongkili stated, “Malaysia is the most forested emerging market amongst the world’s top 100 nations. So naturally, Green Growth is in our nature and we plan to prove to the world that emerging markets like Malaysia, can and should be leaders of green growth.”
He continued, “I am confident that the Malaysia Pavilion will inspire action towards a green future. And with today’s opening, we are officially inviting the world to create a green future with Malaysia.”
The Malaysia Pavilion is one of the largest – at 732m2 in size – and prime-located pavilions at EXPO 2017. Its location was strategically selected between the China Pavilion and India Pavilion with many key elements of Malaysia’s successes on display.
Commissioner of the Malaysia Pavilion and Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia, Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang, also stated: “Malaysia is ready. After months of intense planning and preparation, the Malaysia Pavilion is finally open to the world to highlight Malaysia’s green capabilities. We expect 200,000 visitors to explore the Malaysia Pavilion throughout the duration of EXPO 2017. Malaysia is in a position to inspire the world to stimulate green growth, and in these coming 13 weeks, we plan to do just that.”
The Malaysia Pavilion serves a dual purpose of business matching as well as showcasing Malaysia’s green growth and the “Malaysia, Truly Asia” cultural aspect. In addition to highlighting Malaysia’s leadership and expertise in the Green sector, the Malaysia Pavilion will also promote the country’s globally-recognised Halal industry and Islamic Green Financing, whereby Malaysia’s financial institutions are leading shariah-principled green growth innovations to further extend opportunities for green infrastructure projects.
Carrying the theme of “Powering Green Growth”, the Malaysia Pavilion showcases the country’s journey towards a green future through five main sections:
1. Powering the Nation
Highlighting Malaysia’s 60 years of progress since independence, particularly in the green technology and energy sectors, the sights and sounds of the Malaysian rainforest are recreated to provide visitors with an immersive experience.
The rainforest is a symbol of Malaysia’s leadership as the most forested emerging market among the world’s top 100 nations, with 67.55% land area covered by forest; and the 4th among the top 100 global economies, behind Finland, Sweden and Japan.
2. National Transformation
Featuring Malaysia’s transformation agenda to become a developed and high- income nation by 2020 and its commitment on climate change and carbon emission reductions, this area explores Malaysia’s commitment to providing clean energy to the world.
Anchored by a strong renewable energy policy, Malaysia is committed to reducing its carbon intensity of GDP by 45% by the year 2030, compared with the base year 2005 levels.
This section features interactive stations covering natural gas, the cleanest of the fossil fuels, a large section on Malaysia’s solar industry and other Malaysian Renewable Energy efforts. Today, 22.1% of Malaysia’s energy generating capacity is from renewable sources, such as Hydropower, Solar, Biogas and Biomass.
With the country’s strategic location along the Sun Belt, solar energy is one of the best alternative energies and a key resource for Malaysia’s economic growth. In fact, Malaysia is the world’s 2nd and 3rd largest solar PV modules and cells producer respectively, with 4 of the world’s top 5 PV cell producers located in Malaysia.
3. Empowering the Vision
This section focuses mostly on Malaysia’s achievements in Energy Efficiency, featuring cutting-edge Malaysian green technologies, especially its leadership in lighting technology such as GaN-on-GaN technology.
Malaysia recognizes that the clean energy issue is best approached holistically, bringing Energy Efficiency to work in tandem with Renewable Energy.
As such, Malaysia’s National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP), which was approved in 2015, aims to reduce our electricity consumption by
52,233Gwh (8%) across residential, commercial and industrial sectors over a 10-year period (2016-2025). This will result in carbon emissions reduction by 38 million tonnes CO2eq.
4. Energy of Harmony
Showcasing Malaysia’s unique harmony which is based on multiculturalism, visitors will be able to try on colourful Malaysian costumes at the Digital Mirrors. There will also be live cultural performances, craft demonstrations and more to lure visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of Malaysia, Truly Asia.
The Malaysia Pavilion, which is one of the very few pavilions at EXPO 2017 that has a café, will also showcase the taste of Malaysia’s world famous cuisine, such as the famous teh tarik and roti canai.
5. Malaysia Business Centre
A dedicated business centre is located on Level 2, equipped with meeting rooms and lounge seating to provide a conducive environment for business matching sessions and pocket talks based on weekly themes that reflect Malaysia’s strengths in various fields of green energy, green technology and the economy.
Malaysia at EXPO 2017 is spearheaded by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water and implemented by the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia).