Mydin goes green with push for solar energy

The launch of MYDIN Prihatin #forfuture by Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Nik Nazmi. 01 AUGUST 2023 一CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

PETALING JAYA: Local hypermarket chain Mydin will install solar panels at 15 of its outlets nationwide to support the push towards a sustainable future.

Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd said the installations are part of the company’s new Mydin Prihatin #forfuture programme, which aims to push for the adoption of environmentally conscious, socially responsible and well-governed (ESG) practices among its workforce, customers, partners and the industry as a whole.

The solar panels will be used to help power the outlets’ operations and are expected to reduce the company’s carbon emissions by 20,643 metric tonnes per year, which is equivalent to planting 639,918 trees annually, it added.

Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, who launched the programme, applauded the company’s commitment, calling it an important step towards achieving a sustainable future for the country.

“Organisations must be brave to change, change minds and benefit from technologies through the practice of ESG to remain relevant and competitive.

“Having big companies like Mydin commit to environmental protection will be key in achieving our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, due to the potential ripple effect it can have on the industry,” he said.

Mydin managing director Datuk Ameer Ali Mydin said the solar panels are part of the company’s goal of reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions by 15% by 2030.

“We are also committed to reducing 50% of excessive waste in our operations through more efficient measures while also reducing our plastic usage in the same time frame,” he said in his speech at the event.

He added that the solar panels will be fully installed by 2025.

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