Monday February 4, 2013
Working towards a carbon-free society
By NELSON BENJAMIN
JOHOR BARU: The Johor State Government hopes to play a bigger role in environmental conservation including tightening regulations when open up industrial areas in the state especially in Iskandar Malaysia.
State International Trade, Industry, Energy, Water, Communications and Environment Committee chairman Tan Kok Hong said that the move was important as the government was committed towards trying to achieve a carbon-free society especially in the growth corridor.
“We approved the setting up of a eco business part in Gelang Patah totalling 105ha last year which has been well received by both local and foreign companies,” he said, adding that the developer plans to open another 80ha in Mount Austin.
Tan was speaking to reporters at the launch of the state’s first Green Award competition in conjunction with Earth Hour 2013.
He added that under the new guidelines, companies would have to adhere to stringent regulations that involve emissions and also waste discharged from their factories including the setting up of a centralised waste management system.
He added that the state has been organising Earth Hour on March 23 each year for the past three years with government buildings both state and federal turning off their lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.
Meanwhile on the green award, he said that there were six categories and the competition would be open between Feb 1 to March 4.
Those interested to participate can get their forms through the State Economic Planning Unit, the state government website or from the Earth Hour Johor Facebook.
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