Thong Guan transitions into 100% renewable energy for its electricity supply

SUNGAI PETANI: Thong Guan Industries Bhd has embarked on a 100% renewable energy (RE) for its electricity supply at its polyethylene packaging production plants.

The plastic packaging manufacturer, in a statement, said the move was made possible through the Green Electricity Tariff (GET) programme.

The programme was launched by the Energy and Natural Resources Ministery (KeTSA) in partnership with TNBX Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), in November 2021.

Through its GET subscription, Thong Guan is able to meet its environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments on carbon footprint reduction.

Their GET subscription started in the first quarter of 2022, which positions Thong Guan as the largest GET subscriber in Kedah and among the top 10 in Malaysia.

"We hope our contribution will create awareness among our customers and the public on the importance of low carbon products while we support the growth of the local renewable energy industry,” Thong Guan group managing director Datuk Ang Poon Chuan said.

TNB chief retail officer Datuk Ir. Megat Jalaluddin Megat Hassan said: “Subscribers to the GET programme also receive the internationally backed, Malaysia Renewable Energy Certificate (mREC) through our wholly-owned subsidiary, TNBX Sdn Bhd. This means that our subscribers are assured that the carbon offsets subscribed are from credible renewable energy sources.”

“Since GET was made available in December 2021, the response has been most encouraging. The allocated 4,500,000 MWh quota was fully subscribed in four months. The majority was taken up by the industrial sector at 61%, including Thong Guan, which undertaken an annual subscription of 116,520 MWh,” he added.

Through its GET subscription, Thong Guan is expected to save 74,456 tons of total carbon dioxide emissions (C02) annually, which is equivalent to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions released by 16,000 passenger car driven annually.

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