Industry-Academia Partnership to Accelerate Efforts towards Sustainability Transformation

By Murniati Abu Karim
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KUALA LUMPUR, 27 September 2023 – Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to formalise a sustainability partnership.

The partnership was formed with both parties aiming to study the materiality of the venue’s current sustainability initiatives. Based on which, new strategies will be developed to enhance and accelerate the Centre’s progress towards achieving its Net Zero Carbon Events pledge.

The study will be conducted by a team of researchers from SERI, led by Associate Professor Dr. Norasikin Ahmad Ludin, by employing scientific methods with reference to globally recognised standards. The data from the study will be used to develop a comprehensive report on the Centre’s sustainability performance.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Prof. Dato’ Dr. Wan Kamal Mujani, said that this partnership is a significant step for UKM in driving sustainable development and promoting the adoption of clean energy solutions.

“We aim to gain insights into the challenges and opportunities of sustainability in the business events industry and help develop strategies and potential solutions to address current gaps, boosting the Centre’s sustainability performance in the long-term.

“The sustainability assessment is expected to be completed in early 2024. The findings of the assessment will be used to further strengthen KLCC’s 5-years Sustainable Roadmap.

“The roadmap will outline specific actions that KLCC can take to reduce its environmental impact and become a more sustainable venue,” he said.

General Manager of the Centre, John Burke, said that the assessment that will be conducted by SERI will help the Centre to strengthen the foundational elements of its sustainability pathway.

“Building on our on-going efforts towards reducing environmental impacts from events, this assessment will enable us to foster closer co-operation with clients on aligning our goals in effectively delivering net-zero carbon events,” he said.

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