KUALA LUMPUR: Industry players increased their spending for environmental protection by 7% to RM2.89bil in 2019 with Johor spending the largest amount among the states, according to the Statistics Department.
In its Environmental Protection Survey Report 2020 issued on Wednesday, it said the spending was higher than in 2018 driven by higher capital expenditure (capex) which rose by 18% and operating expenditure (opex) increased by 3%.
“The survey shows that opex constitutes the largest share at 70.3%, while 29.7% was spent on capex. The environmental protection expenditure has increased by 28.6% since 2014, ” it said.
Chief Statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said that pollution management dominated the environmental protection expenditure at RM2.02bil or 70.1%.
He said industries spent RM751.70mil (26.1%) on waste management while and environmental assessment and charges accounted for RM64.90mil (2.3%).
Mohd Uzir said the manufacturing sector spent the most on environmental protection expenditure in 2019 totalling RM2.18bil or 75.6% followed by services sector RM413.80mil (14.3%) and construction at RM161.2mil (5.6%).
The report showed industries in Johor spent RM678.50mil in environmental protection in 2019 followed by Selangor (RM543.50mil) and Kuala Lumpur (RM292.60mil).
These three states accounted for 52.5% of the total expenditure.