Aiming to be model green state

(From right) Mukhriz and Dr Ongkili posing with a copy of the Kedah Green Agenda during the Langkawi International Smart Green Cities Forum in Langkawi. With them is Hamim (left).

KEDAH has unveiled a Green Agenda to strategically position itself as a model green state and to strengthen commitment to deliver high impact socio-economic results.

It comprises 14 action plans including strategies and initiatives on human capital development, developing a Centre of Excellence for Solar Technology, enhancing sustainable energy management, installing LEDs in state government Buildings, encouraging the adoption of Government Green Procurement, deploying Green Data Centres and Green Data Recovery Centres, incorporating solar rooftop for people’s housing, the adoption of a Government Electric Vehicle Fleet, increasing EV Infrastructure and promoting sustainable waste management.

The unveiling ceremony by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir during the Langkawi International Smart Green Cities Forum on Saturday was witnessed by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili and Natural Resources and Environment Deputy Minister Datuk Hamim Samuri.

“The seeds of Kedah’s green transformation have already been planted with the state emerging as one of the major solar photovoltaic manufacturers in the world,” said Mukhriz during the ceremony.

Developed in partnership with Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia), the Kedah Green Agenda is part of the 11th Malaysia Plan and Kedah Strategic Plan 2014-2018, aimed at boosting socio-economic growth.

He added that towards this end, the state would be working closely with GreenTech Malaysia, whose vast knowledge and expertise in the field of green technology would be crucial to the successful implementation of Green Agenda.

Dr Ongkili said the collaboration between the state government and GreenTech Malaysia was timely as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak aspires for Langkawi to be the first low-carbon island by 2030.

GreenTech Malaysia CEO Ahmad Hadri Haris said he was encouraged by the state’s commitment to become a role model for green practices as demonstrated by the introduction of the agenda.

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