Tuesday, September 19, 2023
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has achieved a pioneering subscription to the Green Electricity Tariff (GET), an innovative and transformative programme launched by the Malaysian Government and Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), the nation’s largest electricity utility company.
This subscription will supply the Centre with renewable electricity.
The GET Programme was created to empower electricity users across Malaysia to reduce their carbon footprint in electricity consumption.
Through this initiative, the centre can now power its world-class facilities and events with renewable energy resources, sourced from solar power plants under Malaysia’s Large-Scale Solar (LSS) Programme and TNB’s hydropower and renewable energy plants.
Notably, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre stands as the first business events venue in Malaysia to be approved for participation in this environmentally conscious initiative.
This subscription to GET marks a significant stride towards the Centre’s ambitious commitment to become a net-zero carbon venue by 2030.
The Centre’s Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) targets are guided by the 12th Malaysia Plan – Advancing Sustainability, the Net Zero Carbon Emission (NZCE) pledge signed as part of our industry commitment and the ASM Global Acts, the corporate social responsibility programme driven by ASM Global (the Centre is part of ASM’s global network of venues).
John Burke, General Manager of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, said, “In line with Malaysia’s sustainability agenda and the guiding principles of our industry and owners, our objective was to shift at least 25% of our energy to renewable sources by 2030, but the subscription to GET has enabled us to do this much more quickly. This is a significant milestone for us, reflecting our continuous commitment to ESG practices and our desire to be one of the sustainability leaders in the business events industry. By subscribing to GET we have ensured that our clients’ events will be powered by green energy, and we are now working to build on this achievement by hitting our next target, which is to reduce overall power consumption by 25% before 2030.”
He added, “Our subscription to the Green Electricity Tariff enables meeting and events planners to confidently organise events at the Centre, knowing that the impact of those events on the environment will be dramatically reduced. This achievement is another strong step forward in aligning our ability to support our clients’ own ESG goals for delivering sustainable events, adding to the Centre’s attractiveness as the preferred venue for both international and domestic events.”
Sustainability is a core focus for the Centre, which has a dedicated Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Taskforce guiding its sustainability progress.
The Centre’s mission is to support conference organisers and meeting planners in delivering environmentally responsible events.
This journey has encompassed various waste reduction initiatives, extensive recycling programs, food waste minimisation efforts, investment in food composting technologies, development of sustainable sourcing practices, and even the establishment of a hydroponic farm on the Centre’s rooftop.
In collaboration with its partners in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Business Events Alliance (KLCCBEA), the Centre is also working diligently to develop and implement programs, initiatives, and engagements aimed at transforming the entire Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) precinct into a sustainable destination where both leisure and business visitors can “meet, eat, sleep, shop, and play” responsibly.
The iconic KLCC precinct features the world’s tallest twin towers, a world-class business events venue, multiple 4- to 5-star hotels, a shopping mall, and a lush recreational park, all within walking distance of each other.
These efforts are designed to enable the Centre to host environmentally responsible events, attract more sustainability-focused international meetings to Malaysia, and contribute to long-lasting positive social and economic impacts in line with the Malaysian Government’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.