Food Waste is a Grave Concern

Food Waste is a Grave Concern

Food waste, as we’ve pointed it out, is reaching epidemic proportions in Malaysia. Out of the 38,000 tons of waste Malaysians leave behind every single day, some 15,000 tons is food waste. More than half of that waste, some 8,000 tons, could easily be avoided with better management of resources. Meanwhile, 3,000 tons of food that…

Building Green is a definite Must

Building Green is a definite Must

Sustainability must start at home. We are all familiar with this truism of environmental protection. Homes and offices are among the largest emitters of carbon dioxide, accounting for around 40% of both energy consumption and carbon emissions; that is why there is an increasing need for sustainable designs that are…

Our Global Footprint could be Worse

Our Global Footprint could be Worse

We know how it goes: millions upon millions of people continue to leave beyond sustainable levels, stretching the planet’s resources to their limits year after year. Already we would need several new Earth-size planets to furnish the lavish lifestyles of people in the world’s richest countries. And as the Earth’s…

Malaysian Pulp Giant makes Sustainability Guidelines; Breaks Them

Malaysian Pulp Giant makes Sustainability Guidelines; Breaks Them

Indonesia’s second-largest pulp and paper producer Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) introduced a new sustainability policy in June.  The updated policy was greeted with guarded skepticism by environmental NGOs including Greenpeace, and it seems their doubt may have been well-founded. APRIL’s new policy stated that they had stopped all…

New Highrise Development Defies Malaysia’s Unsustainable Norms

New Highrise Development Defies Malaysia’s Unsustainable Norms

A new addition to Kuala Lumpur’s host of luxury residential developments is being planned.  Like others, it comes complete with amenities like a 50-yard lap pool, 100 retail shops, a garden lounge, penthouse and other recreational facilities.  Unlike the rest, the project has been designed from the very beginning with…

Will Malaysia’s Biggest new Solar Investor Hurt Sustainability?

Will Malaysia’s Biggest new Solar Investor Hurt Sustainability?

One of the world’s biggest solar panel producers is about to open up shop in Penang, Malaysia.  Excitement has been rallied over the over JA Solar’s brand new RM300 million (US$70 million) facility and it’s been hailed as a furtherment of Malaysia’s goal to become a regional hub for green…

How Malaysia’s Environmental Challenges are Inspiring Sustainability

How Malaysia’s Environmental Challenges are Inspiring Sustainability

Malaysia’s environment is in a fix.  Its ancient jungles, teeming seas and varied tropical landscapes make it the world’s twelfth-most biodiverse region on the planet, but the nation’s economy has grown from the destruction of these ecosystems. This hungry economy has seen Malaysia’s beautiful trees, exotic animals and hills full…

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…