I WOULD like to thank Star2 for the many reports on green technology. I, for one, am an ardent reader of such reports. The recent one on green buildings, Build the eco-way (Ecowatch, Oct 4) was a great piece on green building materials.
If I may add, British Prime Minister David Cameron recently advised people on ways to reduce their energy costs in light of escalating energy prices. He said they should insulate buildings. While he was talking about saving on heating costs in winter, this advice, I believe, is equally important in hot Malaysia. Roof insulation, such as mineral wool, can reduce energy used to cool our spaces.
In Malaysia, we have become so accustomed to subsidised energy rates that we forget how easy it is to save energy and how cost-effective it can be.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has pledged that Malaysia will do its part to counter climate change by reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by 40% by 2020, against 2005 levels.
To take a leaf out of Cameron’s book, we too can commit to more aggressive use of insulation to reduce our energy use in residential, commercial and industrial premises.
With Malaysia expected to become a net oil importing nation in the near future, it is important for us to reduce our energy use. We should also reduce our dependence on imported energy for our future economic well-being, while enjoying conducive working and living conditions.
Using roof insulation will go a long way towards supplementing the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry’s SAVE (Sustainability Achieved via Energy Efficiency) programme of giving cash incentives to promote five-star energy efficient refrigerators and air-conditioners, which consume the bulk of electricity in residential and commercial premises.
It is the best way for us. Let us not delay.
Perhaps Najib can direct government agencies to legislate the insulation of buildings, as is the practice in countries that treasure their environment and want to reduce energy waste.