Friday, September 9, 2011

GE, GreenTech in green initiative pact

General Electric International Inc (GE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Malaysian Green Technology

Corp (GreenTech), a government agency under the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, to collaborate on green initiatives of strategic interests in Malaysia.

Regional managing director of business development, GE Asean, Rahul Gupta, said under the MOU, GE and GreenTech would endeavour to cooperate and explore the feasibility of an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and framework for private, public and commercial application.

"We will work towards developing the blueprint for an EV infrastructure framework in Malaysia," he said at the signing of the MOU here today.

The signing of the MOU was held in conjunction with the second annual International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia 2011 (IGEM), which is held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from Sept 7-9.

GE is showcasing its flagship "Sustainable Cities" concept at the IGEM. Rahul said the initiative would entail joint lobbying to raise public and government awareness on the EV framework, as well as running EV pilot tests in several locations across Malaysia and working with GE's partners and stakeholders with regards to this effort.

"We believe that a strategic collaboration is beneficial for both parties as we work towards the development and promotion of green technology and services in Malaysia, in transforming the country into a green technology hub," he said.

GE and GreenTech, he said, would also collaborate on public awareness campaigns to promote green technology and sustainability initiatives.

Chief executive officer of GreenTech Malaysia, Dr Nazily Mohd Noor, said the MOU would explore collaborations in projects involving the design, planning and implementation of a new government certification or standards for green technology development.

"The collaboration will also provide a platform for both parties to jointly influence policy formulation and regulatory framework through consultation and participation in relevant roundtablde discussions with the Malaysian government on the National Green Technology policy and related policy initiatives," he said. -- Bernama

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