88% of Malaysia’s Palm Oil Plantation Areas Now Certified

88% of Malaysia’s Palm Oil Plantation Areas Now Certified

As the world’s second-largest palm oil producer, about 5.2 million hectares (ha) or 88% of Malaysia’s total oil palm plantation areas in the country have been certified by the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standards. The MSPO certification scheme is...
PUB Awards Contract for Industrial Water Treatment Modules

PUB Awards Contract for Industrial Water Treatment Modules

In late December 2020, the Public Utilities Board (PUB) announced that it would award a SGD 237 million (USD 180 million) contract to the China State Construction Engineering (CSCE) branch in Singapore. It is the sixth major construction contract awarded by PUB for...
Indonesia Peat Restoration Agency’s Mandate Renewed and Extended

Indonesia Peat Restoration Agency’s Mandate Renewed and Extended

The Indonesia Peat Restoration Agency’s (BRG) mandate has been renewed for another four years until December 2024. With the extension, the government has renamed the agency to the Peatland and Mangrove Restoration Agency (BRGM), making it responsible for mangrove...
New Solutions for Cleaning Vietnam’s Water Bodies

New Solutions for Cleaning Vietnam’s Water Bodies

The government of Vietnam is turning its attention to the growing problem of the country’s polluted water bodies. Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has recently approved a 10-year action plan to better manage ocean waste, and the Ministry of Natural Resources...
New Regulations for Renewable Energy in Indonesia

New Regulations for Renewable Energy in Indonesia

The Indonesian government is preparing a new regulation on renewable energy pricing to encourage more investment in renewables. According to official statistics, Indonesia has over 400 GW of potential renewable energy capacity from hydropower, solar, and geothermal,...
Malaysia to Reduce Use of HFC Fridge and Air-Con Gas by 80% by 2045

Malaysia to Reduce Use of HFC Fridge and Air-Con Gas by 80% by 2045

Malaysia joined other 110 countries to ratify the UN agreement to eliminate the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant, liquid or gas used for refrigeration and air conditioners. The policy adoption is under Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which...
US Government Announces PHP 42 Million in Grants to Address Marine Plastic Pollution

SMC Purchases Plastic Waste to Power Cement Facilities

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is increasing its efforts to help manage the country’s solid waste and create more livelihood opportunities amidst the pandemic by buying up bigger volumes of plastic waste to fuel its cement manufacturing facilities. This latest...
UK and Thailand Collaborate to Create Smart Cities

UK and Thailand Collaborate to Create Smart Cities

The UK and Thailand have partnered together to launch the “Smart City Handbook”, an initiative between both countries to create smarter cities through urban planning and the integration of smart technologies. The Handbook, commissioned by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth...