Gamuda Bhd has announced its Green Plan that sets forth tangible targets driven by environmental, social and governance (ESG) dimensions for over the next five years and beyond.
The plan, unveiled in conjunction with World Environmental Day this year, commits the entire group to circular construction with specific steps to reduce direct and indirect corporate greenhouse gas emission intensity by 30% in 2025, and by 45% in 2030.
Gamuda is building on its foundation of engineering and technology innovation, workplace safety, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and workforce diversity.
This is followed by pledges to “Build Right. For Life.” in pursuing nation-building development that balances economic and social growth with a strong environmental stewardship.
Over the years, it has mapped various ESG strategies across its business units to create value for the triple bottom line – profit, people and planet.
The commitment is also underscored by the group’s decision in 2020 to include sustainability as a key management risk.
The Gamuda Green Plan is anchored on four key pillars:
Sustainable Planning and Design, Circular Construction – to facilitate sustainable master planning featuring climate-responsive design, integrated transport and super-low-energy buildings with smart features.
Our Community and Our Business – to develop talent capabilities and cultivate good governance in ESG.
Environmental and Biodiversity Conservation – to drive impactful efforts in nature conservation and biodiversity stewardship in its townships and property developments.
Enhancing Sustainability via Digitalisation – to leverage on technology and data management to enhance Group-wide efforts in sustainable development.
The “living” document will evolve and realign with policies over time, taking account of latest technological developments and current stakeholder demands.
Gamuda Group managing director Datuk Lin Yun Ling said the Green Plan was its commitment to value, mitigate and adapt to climate change.
“We must own it and hold with very deep conviction to walk the talk.
“By taking a whole-of-group approach, we are empowering our own people to pursue these goals with a structured plan.
“By addressing climate change, we are making an effort to leave a positive legacy for our future generations. There’s no alternative, ” he added.
As a key feature of the plan,
bold targets have been listed for Gamuda’s landmark project, Penang South Islands (PSI).
It aims to achieve an overall 50% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, which will play a significant role in transitioning to a low-carbon future.
PSI’s Green Tech Park is designed to be 100% powered by renewable energy, posing as a promising hub for emerging low-carbon technologies and enabling decarbonisation at scale.
Gamuda Green Plan also outlines various initiatives for its townships to reach 40% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.
These include 35% reduction in urban planning emissions with sustainable master planning, 10% reduction in transport emissions through green mobility plans and low carbon commuting networks, 40% reduction in non-renewable energy use, 65% reduction in freshwater demand and 50% reduction in landfill waste in closing the waste loop.
Yayasan Gamuda will scale up the group’s community investment efforts through programmes such as Enabling Academy and Gamuda Scholarship.
Gamuda Parks will intensify its biodiversity conservation by establishing a wetlands arboretum with a forest seed bank for native species, as well as developing internal capabilities in the areas of arboriculture and horticulture by partnerships with the indigenous community.
Gamuda will also nurture and plant one million trees and saplings through its Advance Tree Planting scheme as part of this initiative.
To accelerate progress towards the ambitious targets, the group will fully adopt Digital Industria-lised Building System (IBS) across all its developments, together with other industry players, aligning to the circular construction framework.
Lin said Digital IBS was capable of delivering a wide range of construction products through cloud-based Building Information Modelling design models, integrated with precise robotic production.
This, he said, would reduce Gamuda’s reliance on foreign workforce and generate less waste – these are key elements of ESG.
“Hence, it’s imperative that we increase our productivity and upskill the local workforce and supply chain to enhance sustainability through digital construction, ” he added.