Penang Green Council’s Office: The First Pilot Project in Malaysia to receive Gold Certification of GBI Interior Tool. 
 

   

SPEECH BY YAB TUAN LIM GUAN ENG, CHIEF MINISTER OF PENANG AND THE CHAIRMAN OF PENANG GREEN COUNCIL, ON 11 JUN 2014 AT KOMTAR:

Yang Berhormat Dato' Haji Mohd Rashid Bin Hasnon,
Timb. Ketua Menteri 1

Yang Berhormat. Prof. Dr. P. Ramasamy A/L Palanisam,
Timb. Ketua Menteri 2 

Yang Berhormat Dato' Haji Farizan Bin Darus
Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri

Yang Berhormat Chow Kon Yeow,
Exco Kerajaan Tempatan, Pengurusan Lalulintas Dan Tebatan Banjir Merangkap Naib Pengerusi Penang Green Council

Yang Berhormat Phee Boon Poh,
Exco Kebajikan, Masyarakat Penyayang Dan Alam Sekitar Merangkap Naib Pengerusi Penang Green Council

Cik Thing Siew Shuen,
Pengurus Besar Penang Green Council

Penang Green Council’s Office: The First Pilot Project in Malaysia to receive Gold Certification of GBI Interior Tool. 

A very good afternoon,

First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind attendance to witness the transformation of the Penang Green Council (PGC) Office. It is the first pilot project of its kind in Malaysia which has been planned and designed based on Green Building Index (GBI) Interior Tool criteria.

The ceremony today is also held coinciding with The World Environment Day 2014, which has just passed on the 5th of June themed, “Raise your voice, not the sea level”.  World Environment Day this year focuses on the risk and challenges faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) especially the rising of sea level in the context of climate change. Penang Island possess most of the small island characteristic. As a small size island, Penang Island itself expose to climate change as well as natural and environmental disasters.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Signs of climate change have becoming more obvious, for example the prolonged drought that occurred earlier this year (Feb – April) and the recurring thunderstorms which caused flash floods at the Penang International Airport early April. These extreme weathers are highly unpredictable and they are devastating to us all. Environmental disasters not only cause millions of ringgit in losses but also affect the social-economy of the state.

The main culprit of global warming and climate change is the ever-increasing levels of greenhouse gases emission such as carbon dioxide and methane gas. The concentration of carbon dioxide has now increased to 400 parts per million compared to 200-300 parts per million historically. What is far more worrying is that this number is still increasing constantly, worsen global warming!

Honourable guests,

In order to reduce the impact of development on the environment, Penang aspires to be the first green state in Malaysia with a variety of initiatives such as “No Free Plastic bags” campaign, banning the use of polystyrene containers or better known as the “White Coffin” and the introduction of Car Free Day every Sunday morning at Beach Street. Aside from that, the rates of recycling in Penang has also increased to an average of 30% as of September 2013, making it the highest in the whole of Malaysia. All these efforts were conducted based on the goal of reducing greenhouse gases, reducing carbon footprint and last but not least, making Penang a more liveable and sustainable city.

In line with the vision of the state, PGC now introduces their office with the concept of sustainable development. We are now gathered in the First Pilot Project in Malaysia, which is fully designed based on GBI interior tool, with GOLD Certification. Congratulations to PGC for this achievement!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This Pilot Office is the first of its kind to use environmental-friendly raw materials. For instant, the cement floor and wall paints contain very low levels of VOC (volatile organic compound). The list does not stop here as the furniture are recycled while the working tables and cubicles are made from recycled wooden pallets.

The concept of the office was also planned in order to reduce energy consumption. Here, energy saving electrical appliances were installed, while the office is naturally lit. This office also practises the use of recycled paper and has installed water efficient fixtures.

Honourable guest,

In year 2012, I launched Penang’s Green Office Certification project. Today, PGC has risen to the challenge and achieved a remarkable milestone by becoming the First Pilot Project in Malaysia to receive Gold Certification of GBI Interior Tool. I hope that this office will be an example to more of its kind in the whole of Penang and Malaysia. As the saying goes, "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, but borrow it from our children”. I would like to urge everyone to work together for a better future. Be it a small initiative from home or work, we all are capable of making a significant change to the environment.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We appreciate the efforts from individuals and organizations who had contributed to the improvement of Penang’s environment. In the second half of the year, PGC is going to organise Penang International Green Carnival in September and Green Pinang 3A Gala in November. We welcome contributors of climate change solutions to take part in the Carnival, be it your ideas or technologies.  In line with 3A Gala Night held by PGC, the State Government is giving out certificates of appreciation to all those contributors. I would like to call upon everyone to nominate any known contributors at PGC’s website.

Before I end, I would like to give very special thanks to our GBI facilitator, Mr Baylon Tham, who mooted this idea for PGC new office and bridge the communication between PGC and MGBC (Malaysian Green Building Confederation). We also want to say thank you to Area Designs, Perunding P.L.A and everyone here for supporting this GBI office project.

Thank you.