UEM EDGENTA AS THE MARKET LEADER IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY TO SUPPORT GOVERNMENT IN ITS SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES
Kuala Lumpur, 7 February - UEM Edgenta Berhad (“UEM Edgenta” or “Company”), the region’s leading Asset Management and Infrastructure Solutions company will continue to explore potential opportunities related to reduction of greenhouse gas emission and assist the government in lowering its electricity costs and operational carbon footprint. This is in support of the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (“MESTECC”) agenda, through the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan which targets to achieve 8% savings from energy efficiency by 2025.
The Company currently provides energy management services at numerous government and privately-owned assets across Malaysia. Key assets under its care include, among others, a network of Ministry of Health (“MOH”) hospitals in Perak, Kedah, Penang and Perlis, industrial facilities such as PROTON’s Centre of Excellence at the Sime UEP Industrial Park and its Tanjung Malim manufacturing plant, and the award-winning Perdana Putra building (Prime Minister’s Office).
Under the Company’s energy management services programme, which is delivered by its subsidiary, Edgenta Greentech Sdn. Bhd., UEM Edgenta is able to retrofit ageing and inefficient buildings with energy management technologies and has the experience to adopt solutions at scale. This is also made possible via the Company’s Energy Performance Contracting (“EPC”) structure, an innovative, turnkey financing concept of shared savings which helps building owners overcome upfront capital commitment with fast results. The Company’s EPC initiative has accumulated over RM55 million in electricity savings across its adoption at public and private assets from 2017 to 2019.
“We offer assurance and peace of mind to our clients from both the public and private sectors. Technology has enabled us to introduce solutions which have a proven ability to positively impact energy performance of buildings designed and built in the past which are in need of today’s advanced tools. That is where we come in with the capability to retrofit ageing and inefficient buildings at scale and deliver on sustainability-centric results such as reducing energy use and carbon footprint,” said Dato’ Azmir Merican, Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of UEM Edgenta Berhad.
He was speaking at a meeting with YB Puan Yeo Bee Yin, MESTECC Minister at UEM Edgenta Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.
“We want to make a difference and support MESTECC as there are opportunities which UEM Edgenta can explore in partnership with the Government to lead the way in energy efficiency initiatives, starting with its vast network of assets and elevate them to become certified green buildings. To produce results at scale, we are ready to work with local, home-grown small-medium enterprises (“SMEs”) in the energy sector and develop their capabilities by using the Edgenta Academy as our industry development platform to nurture human capital through structured programmes intended to institutionalise world-class standards of our service delivery”, added Dato’ Azmir Merican.
UEM Edgenta’s Asset Management segment is represented by its Property & Facility Solutions (“PFS”) and Healthcare Support divisions. PFS is focused to enhance clients’ asset value through optimising asset performance and has over twenty years of experience in providing integrated facility management, energy management and green building certification services. Apart from office buildings and hospitals, its clients also include those in the industrial, manufacturing and hospitality sectors, among others.
The Company’s Healthcare Support division is internationally certified to provide non-clinical services to healthcare institutions and presently serves over 300 hospitals in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and India. In Malaysia, under the national hospital support services concession, UEM Edgenta has actively introduced energy efficient solutions at MOH hospitals it currently manages located in Northern Peninsular Malaysia. This is in line with MOH’s Energy Management Programme introduced as part of the new concession agreement in place since 2015. For the period of January 2017 to November 2019, the Company has generated RM41.1 million savings for MOH and has successfully reduced carbon emissions at these hospitals to the tune of approximately 72.2 million kilo tonnes of carbon dioxide.
In addition to reducing carbon emissions, the Company has also initiated the increase of green space and planting carbon-breathing plants within the hospital compound. With the initiative driven by MOH, UEM Edgenta has put in place the adoption of Solar Photovoltaic Systems for electricity usage, Rainwater Harvesting for watering the plants; and Food Waste Composter to convert waste to bio-organic fertiliser, among other sustainability-centric initiatives as part of its collaboration with MOH. Most notably, these initiatives have led to Hospital Sultanah Maliha in Langkawi becoming the first in Malaysia to be recognised as a Green Hospital under the Existing Building; Operation and Maintenance (EBOM) from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the most widely used green building rating system in the world.
The Company is a leader in Environmental and Energy Design having implemented smart building technology in key landmarks including Perdana Putra, a Green Building Index Platinum-rated building that has earned UEM Edgenta the ASEAN Energy Awards 2018 and National Energy Awards 2018. UEM Edgenta also undertook a Design and Build contract of a 4-storey Memorial Tun Hussein Onn to replace the existing structure, which was designed in accordance to fit Green Building Index requirements.