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Thursday September 19, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by p. aruna
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is set to create more green procurement experts by providing training and accreditation to companies and government departments involved in green purchasing.
Green purchasing is the process of identifying, selecting and buying products or services with significantly less harmful environmental impact than other products.
Examples of green purchasing include switching from plastic bags to environmentally friendly bags, using recycled paper, hybrid cars and energy-saving light bulbs.
People who enrol for the eight- day training will have to sit for an examination before being certified.
Green Purchasing Network Malaysia’s secretary-general Augustine Koh said that his organisation would provide the accreditation in collaboration with the Malaysian Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management.
He said that the International Green Procurers Certification Programme would be the first of its kind in the world.
It would equip individuals involved in procurement for companies and government departments with the expertise to recognise and select the best green products.
“We will develop the curriculum, moderate and monitor all the aspects of training for green purchasing. Our aim is to create more professionals in green procurement,” he said after the 4th International Conference on Green Purchasing here yesterday.
Opening the conference, Deputy Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said that government procurement accounted for more than 25% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. ”
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