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SIRIM Berhad – Building a greener construction industry in Malaysia

The Carbon Trust have supported the development of a pilot environmental declaration scheme for the construction and building materials sector in Malaysia.

Since 2013 the Carbon Trust has been supporting the development of a pilot environmental declaration scheme for the construction and building materials sector in Malaysia. This has been led by SIRIM Berhad, the Malaysian government-owned global research and standards development organisation, working alongside the Carbon Trust and three local partners. Funding has been provided from the European Union’s SWITCH-Asia programme.

The development of the scheme has included the development of a web-based carbon tool, the SIRIM Karbon Kalkulator, as well as an eco-label to demonstrate environmental credentials, which is delivered by SIRIM QAS. The Karbon Kalkulator was awarded a gold medal in the Environmental and Renewable Energy category at the ITEX 15, the 26th International Invention & Innovation Exhibition in Malaysia.

A pilot phase of the scheme, which has now been successfully completed, engaged with 33 local companies that agreed to participate. Some of those participating companies are now supporting national dissemination of the scheme throughout the construction and building materials sector. These include Hume Cemboard Industries, White Horse Ceramic Industries, CSL Technologies and Kilo Industries.

When implemented effectively, a well-designed carbon footprinting and eco-labelling scheme can incentivise better environmental and economic performance across whole industries. In Malaysia it is helping the country to meet its national target to reduce the intensity of its national carbon emissions by 40% by 2020, when compared with 2005 levels.

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