Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre announces green energy commitment

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KLCC powered by renewable energy  John Burke, General Manager of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (sixth from Photo Credit: Supplied

One of Malaysia’s major meeting venues has inched closer to its goal of becoming net-zero by 2023 with a subscription to the Green Electricity Tariff (GET).  

The Malaysian Government and utilities company, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), launched GET to help electricity consumers across Malaysia to reduce their carbon footprint. 

GET will help power the Centre with renewable energy harvested from solar power plants, hydropower, and renewable energy plants. 

John Burke, general manager of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, said: "In line with Malaysia’s sustainability agenda and the guiding principles of our industry and owners, our objective was to shift at least 25 per cent of our energy to renewable sources by 2030, but the subscription to GET has enabled us to do this much more quickly.” 

The sustainability agenda is set out in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) which state Malaysia strives to become a carbon neutral country by 2050 at the earliest.

“This is a significant milestone for us, reflecting our continuous commitment to ESG practices and our desire to be one of the sustainability leaders in the business events industry. By subscribing to GET we have ensured that our clients’ events will be powered by green energy, and we are now working to build on this achievement by hitting our next target, which is to reduce overall power consumption by 25 per cent before 2030,” Burke added.

In other net-zero carbon efforts, the Centre has launched waste reduction initiatives, recycling programs, food waste minimisation efforts, investment in food composting technologies, development of sustainable sourcing practices, and established a hydroponic farm on the Centre's rooftop.

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