Malaysia Tourism Bounces Back, Greener This Time

Malaysia Tourism Bounces Back, Greener This Time

Two major airplane crashes, a rash of kidnappings and an earthquake in Malaysia last year saw tourism take a sharp nose dive. Malaysian flight MH370 went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.  This awful mystery was followed by Flight MH17 being shot down over…

Will CSR Asia Summit 2015 Yield Sustainability for Malaysia?

Will CSR Asia Summit 2015 Yield Sustainability for Malaysia?

The annual CSR Asia Summit is coming to Kuala Lumpur this year, where businesses will discuss how they can contribute to social good, sustainable development and efforts to protect the environment surrounding them. Recognized as the most innovative and thought-provoking conference on CSR (corporate social responsibility) in Southeast Asia, the…

Is an ASEAN Car Really the Solution to Malaysia’s Traffic Problem?

Is an ASEAN Car Really the Solution to Malaysia’s Traffic Problem?

Malaysia and China have entered discussion about partnering to produce a car especially for Southeast Asia.  Referred to as the ASEAN car, it would be produced within the region and lower the currently prohibitive cost of automobile purchase for nearby countries. Being the second most expensive place in the world to…

Malaysian Research Team Makes Solar Energy Breakthrough

Malaysian Research Team Makes Solar Energy Breakthrough

A research team at University Malaysia Pahang (UMP) has just developed the world’s first stable perovskite solar module.  This might not mean much to the casual reader, but perovskite cells could be the future of solar power, and Malaysia has just found the key to unlocking their power. The reason…

IGEM 2015: Losing Touch with the Environment?

IGEM 2015: Losing Touch with the Environment?

As Malaysia’s flagship green technology conference and exhibition rolls onward, the disposition of all things green business are looking sunnier and sunnier for the country playing host. Aggressive green tech goals are being set, groundbreaking deals are being made and IGEM 2015’s theme of ‘Powering the Green Economy’ is being…

IGEM 2015 in Progress – Announcements, Deals and Green Growth

IGEM 2015 in Progress – Announcements, Deals and Green Growth

IGEM 2015 is in full swing, and the massive international convention of green businesses has seen Kuala Lumpur become a temporary mecca of all things high-tech and/or sustainable. This year’s event is the sixth of its kind.  Together, the previous have generated RM6 billion ($1.4 billion) in green business leads,…

Haze in Malaysia: Obscuring the Country’s Future

Haze in Malaysia: Obscuring the Country’s Future

Air pollution in Malaysia, or haze, as it’s more commonly known, has been a problem for many years.  Haze is a hazard to people and planet alike, and though it plagues much of Southeast Asia, Malaysia is one of the worst affected areas. Every few years Malaysia suffers a haze…

Groundbreaking Webmap Scouts Renewable Energy in Malaysia

Groundbreaking Webmap Scouts Renewable Energy in Malaysia

A one-stop online reference for assessing the potential for renewable energy in Malaysia is pointing sustainable prospectors in the direction of a bright green future. Malaysian innovation and technology firm SIRIM came up a few years ago with a fully interactive online map that keeps track of untapped renewable energy…

Drones Fight Deforestation in Malaysia

Drones Fight Deforestation in Malaysia

Flying camera drones are being used to monitor palm oil plantation activity, fighting illegal land clearing and deforestation in Malaysia. In order to identify protected areas, single out especially rich environments and effectively keep tabs on what’s going on in the jungle, Malaysia’s forests must be surveyed from above. Drones…

Will 535 Unclaimed Malaysian Islands be Protected or Exploited?

Will 535 Unclaimed Malaysian Islands be Protected or Exploited?

The various state governments of Malaysia have been advised to stake more official claim to their country’s minor, outlying and uninhabited islands. The advisement comes from the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry. All told, there are 535 Malaysian islands that aren’t officially claimed. Coral reefs, rocky reefs, atolls…

Green Building in Malaysia Boosted by Swanky Sustainable Housing

Green Building in Malaysia Boosted by Swanky Sustainable Housing

The rapid rise of green building in Malaysia is being exemplified by two large sustainable housing projects near Kuala Lumpur – Green Beverly Hills and Diamond City Providing low-density housing and some commercial development, these projects-in-progress are a response to Malaysia’s generous green technology incentives and rising demand for sustainable…

Rejection by Norwegian Investment Firm calls Malaysian Palm Oil into Question

Rejection by Norwegian Investment Firm calls Malaysian Palm Oil into Question

The largest sovereign wealth fund in the world has just excluded two Malaysian conglomerates from its investment portfolio due to risks of “severe environmental damage.” Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) dropped the two companies, construction firm IJM Corporation Berhad and multi-industry conglomerate Genting Berhad, on August 18 over their…

Malaysia’s Protected Selangor State Park Threatened by Highway Plans

Malaysia’s Protected Selangor State Park Threatened by Highway Plans

  In a clear-cut case of industry over environment, plans for a highway that would cut through vital water catchments and raze protected forests that drain carbon pollution from already unhealthy air were approved by a regional council in the populous Malaysian state of Selangor on Thursday, August 20. Plans…

Green Building Index Encourages Sustainable Development

Green Building Index Encourages Sustainable Development

In response to increased demand for green building in Malaysia and a national desire to protect the environment, Malaysia has created the Green Building Index, a countrywide standard for sustainable construction. Compiled in 2008, the Green Building Index (GBI) helps developers, construction companies and investors focus in on the most…

Fuel Subsidies Could Lead to Overfishing

Fuel Subsidies Could Lead to Overfishing

A fuel subsidy program for the Malaysian fishing sector may encourage overfishing throughout the country, worries WWF-Malaysia’s Head of Conservation for Sabah, Bernard Tai. The sentiment was brought forward at a July seminar entitled “WWF-Malaysia Seminar: Challenges and Opportunities for Biodiversity Conservation in Sabah.” It was by-and-large a conversation about…

Ecotourism in Malaysia Actually Protecting the Environment

Ecotourism in Malaysia Actually Protecting the Environment

A volunteer-based tourism company called Ecoteer allows travellers to experience and protect nature simultaneously through restorative ecotourism in Malaysia. Ecotourism is one of the Malaysia’s biggest tourist attractions. Characterized by ancient rainforests, beautiful beaches and reefs, spectacular natural formations and unparalleled biodiversity, Malaysia is a hotspot for tourists seeking to…