Over 30 countries across the globe have demonstrated that it is possible to decarbonise while growing national income, including the United Kingdom (UK). This would be helpful for Malaysia to adopt to help achieve its target to reduce carbon intensity against GDP by 45 per cent by 2030 and to achieve average 4.7 per cent real GDP growth per annum at constant prices through to 2030.
Over the last five years, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has been working with the Malaysian public and private sector to help accelerate climate action in the country. To build on these collaborative initiatives, FCDO and the Department for Business and Trade commissioned our team to develop the Clean Growth Handbook Malaysia.
The handbook highlights opportunities to introduce or scale clean growth in Malaysia. It also identifies almost 40 collaboration opportunities between Malaysia and the UK across four priority sectors chosen based on their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions: power, transport, buildings and manufacturing. Using insights from our global Green Economy Report, the handbook also identifies nine enablers for clean growth.
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Stakeholder ecosystem supports Malaysia’s clean growth
Clean growth in Malaysia requires an ecosystem of stakeholders both within and outside of Malaysia to collaborate. We engaged 46 stakeholders in Malaysia and the UK to understand Malaysia’s existing clean growth market and gain insights.
Key collaboration opportunities include commercialising battery energy storage to support renewable energy, developing an integrated transport plan to support the uptake of public and active transport, and adopting low-carbon construction materials to reduce the whole life carbon of buildings and developing industrial carbon capture.
Using these insights, the handbook provides Malaysia and the potential collaborators from the UK with awareness of the opportunities for clean growth and insights into future trends, strategies and regulatory considerations.
Clean growth unlocks new avenues of economic growth for Malaysia, while accelerating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The collaborations demonstrated in this Handbook bring to life the priorities outlined in the Twelfth Malaysia Plan that will improve energy affordability and security and foster the creation of new industries and homegrown innovation. ” Murali Ram Cities & Advisory Malaysia Leader
Identifying cross-sector clean growth collaboration opportunities
The Clean Growth Handbook is the first document of its kind in Malaysia providing clean growth opportunities for multiple sectors in Malaysia.
We undertook market analysis for 19 sub-sectors in Malaysia across the four priority sectors to understand the opportunities in each sector, the gaps for implementation and identify challenges for scaling growth. We then matched this analysis with the United Kingdom’s development and strengths to uncover collaboration opportunities.
For example, Malaysia is retiring commercially unviable coal plants, while the UK is retrofitting coal power plants to renewable energy opportunities. Together, both countries can collaborate on retrofitting coal power plans for renewable and transition fuels.
In the building sector, Malaysia lacks guidelines to aid the implementation of low carbon buildings, while the UK has regulations and guidelines for low carbon architecture and engineering. The UK sector can collaborate with Malaysia on the design and delivery of low carbon buildings.
“The British High Commission KL has been delighted to partner with leading, UK-headquartered professional services firm Arup in producing the Handbook, to promote clean growth opportunities in Malaysia, while providing insights and recommendations for collaboration between Malaysian and UK organisations to tackle climate change and accelerate sustainable economic growth,” said His Excellency Charles Hay MVO, British High Commissioner to Malaysia.