IGEM 2017: “Powering Green Cities”

Today marked the official start of the three-day annual go-to green technology platform, the 8th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2017) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Themed Powering Green Cities, IGEM 2017 is organised by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) and co-organised by Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) and aims to generate RM1.6 billion in business leads.

Speaking on Malaysia’s green ambition and the flagship event, IGEM 2017, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Y. B. Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, said “Almost all of the 195 countries across the globe are committed to protecting and preserving the planet by adopting sustainable socio-economic progress. I am proud to say, Malaysia too has been driving the sustainability agenda not just for the country but across the region.”

“One such concerted effort that is spearheaded by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water is IGEM, ASEAN’s largest green technology exhibition, a platform for industry experts to showcase new sustainable innovations for nations and businesses to incorporate as part of our collective sustainable development efforts,” he added.

The first day of IGEM 2017 was a melting-pot of expertise, ideas and opinions from some of the world’s leading green minds and decision makers with three separate conferences held bringing in over 500 international delegates from countries such as Australia, China, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Korea, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore,Thailand and the United Kingdom.

A key conference on day one was the IGEM 2017 Conference – International Urban Sustainability and Green Building Conference (IUSGBC). The two-day conference, organised by Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC), an established member of World Green Building Council (World GBC) in collaboration with KeTTHA.

Commenting on the conference, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Secretary General, Y. Bhg. Dato Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini bin Ujangsaid, “The IUSGBC conference aligns perfectly with the theme of IGEM 2017 – Powering Green Cities. With pertinent topics that cover finance, health and wellbeing in relation to green developments, the conference is an eye opener for investors, builders and property owners. KeTTHA will continue to partner with credible players to offer insightful dialogues and knowledge-sharing sessions.”

IUSGBC addressed 200 international delegates including industry leaders and subject matter experts to showcase the potential of green buildings to mitigate climate change as well as explore sustainable green buildings and financing options.

Commenting on the conference, MGBC, President, Ir. Ahmad Izdihar Supaat said, “MBGC is proud to be partnering with IGEM to bring the much anticipated IUSGBC to IGEM 2017. With a dynamic line-up of international speakers discussing the green building industry’s most pertinent topics, we are confident that IUSGBC at IGEM 2017 will be the place to be for the green building community.”

Today also saw the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EUMCCI) organise the ‘Palm Oil Sustainability: EU-Malaysia International Discourse’, which convened international experts conferring the overview of the global palm oil industry as well as in-depth panel discussions regarding the global outlook of palm oil practices and the sustainability issues surrounding it.

Organised by The Electrical and Electronics Association of Malaysia (TEEAM), the ASEAN Federation of Electrical Engineering Contractors (AFEEC) – Federation of Asian and Pacific Electrical Contractors Association (FAPECA) Conference which took place today explored the growing list of carbon neutral avenues that have risen as a result of the nation’s continued drive towards sustainability and further delved into how these new potentials can be leveraged upon by entrepreneurs to widen their business horizons into the lucrative green market.

Day one of IGEM 2017 also saw the commencement of the Business Clinic on Tax Incentives for Green Industry hosted by GreenTech Malaysia, which targeted aspiring entrepreneurs and organisations seeking to venture into green business and explore financing solutions available to green businesses.

Commenting on the array of conferences at IGEM 2017, GreenTech Malaysia, Chairman, Tan Sri Peter Chin Fah Kui said, “We are proud of IGEM’s position as a centre for transfer of knowledge, sharing of expertise and discussion of ideologies within the green community, gathering experts, industry leaders and academicians from around the globe. IGEM 2017 maintains this position with the relevant and insightful conferences and I am confident that these events have laid a solid foundation for important and industry defining decisions that will be made in the future.”

IGEM 2017 showcases a dynamic and diverse exhibition floor showcasing close to 350 booths from over 20 countries with international pavilions from China, Japan and Korea as well as regional representation fromTaiwan and European Union countries via the EUMCCI, attracting policy makers, investors, corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world.

Industry leading companies participating this year include First Solar, Hanwha Q Cells, Huawei, JA Solar, Jinko Solar, Honda, BYD Auto, Volvo, Malaysian Timber Certification Council, MAMPAN Sustainable ExcellenceCentre, AL-CO Malaysia, KVC Industrial Supplies, Nuri Telecom and more.

Amongst the highlights on the exhibition floor was the launch of the Volvo S90 T8 PHEV witnessed by GreenTech Malaysia, Chairman, Tan Sri Peter Chin Fah Kui. The new hybrid sedan will provide drivers with a greener transport option with 48km of pure electric driving range.

Day two of IGEM 2017 will include the opening ceremony, to be officiated by KeTTHA’s Minister Y. B. Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, in the presence of hundreds of government officials, international delegates and industry leaders.

Day two’s programme will also feature the Minister Industry Dialogue 2017, organised by KeTTHA that will gather representatives from leading organisations and international delegates to discuss potential green technology policies. There will also be the Green Technology & Business Matching Programme held by the Embassy of the Czech Republic, which aims to promote the forging of green business partnerships.

For more on IGEM 2017 and register as a trade visitor, please visit www.igem.my.

About the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water
The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (MEGTW) (Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air – KeTTHA) was established on 9 April 2009. KeTTHA is responsible for formulating policies, establishing legal frameworks and regulating development project in the Energy, Green Technology and Water sectors which are under the purview of the Ministry.
About GreenTech Malaysia
Malaysian Green Technology Corporation or GreenTech Malaysia is an organisation under the purview of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water Malaysia (KeTTHA), charged with the development and promotion of green technology as a strategic engine for socio-economic growth in Malaysia.

(Source: PRNewswire)