Penang Encourages Events And Kindergartens to be Green with New Incentives beginning 2019

Press statement by Thing Siew Shuen, General Manager of Penang Green Council (PGC) on 29 March 2019.

Penang aspires to be a liveable city that is cleaner, greener, healthier, safer and happier for all. The Penang Green Council (PGC) was established to assist Penang’s objective of being the first green state in Malaysia that includes incentive programs to encourage sustainable development that protects the environment and quality of life.

Over the years, various green incentives were launched to promote sustainable use of resources and development. This year, PGC has once again allocated up to RM288,400 to recognise these green efforts with TWO new incentives introduced in 2019.

No.Awards & IncentivesAllocation in 2019 (RM)
1.Penang Green Events Incentive *NEW*15,000
 2.Penang Green Kindy Incentive *NEW*5,000
 3.Penang Green Office Project130,000
 4.Penang Rainwater Harvesting Incentive3,000
 5.Penang Green School Programme86,400
 6.Food Waste Challenge Incentive10,000
 7.Penang Green Journalism Award33,000
 8.Penang Environmental Stewardship Award6000
 9.Penang Environmental Sustainability Award

(1) Penang Green Events Incentive (PGEI, new)

With the increasing number of events being organised yearly, PGC encourages event organisers to be sustainable and be mindful of the waste that are produced and the energy that is consumed. This new incentive aims at recognizing event planners/ organisers/ managers of private sectors, government agencies, NGO and community-based organisations who took an effort in lowering their environmental impacts that may be foreseen.

Successful applicants will be rewarded with an incentive up to RM5000 based on their event outreach.

(2) Penang Green Kindy Incentive (new)

Green Kindy is a sub-project under the Penang Green School Award (since 2010). The extension is aimed to instil environmental awareness amongst kindergarten goers, mainly 4-6-year olds. This audit programme will require kindergartens to complete an online self-assessment to be eligible for a site audit. The self-assessment questionnaire could also be used as a tool to kick-start environmental education.

Open to all licensed kindergarten in Penang, the top 10 kindergartens with the highest score will receive RM500 each.

(3) Penang Environmental Stewardship Award and Sustainability Award (since 2015)

The Penang Environmental Stewardship Award and Sustainability Award is back again in 2019 for application and nomination for individuals and community-based initiatives (CBIs) respectively. PGC would like to award and recognise outstanding achievements by individuals and organisations which initiated a paradigm shift within the environmental challenges we face today.

Awardees will receive a seed grant of RM3000.

(4) Penang Rainwater Harvesting Incentive (PRHI)

PRHI was introduced in 2015 to encourage harvesting of rainwater at residential and commercial building owners for non-potable use. With the recent heat wave flooding across Penang and water capacity in our dams dropping at an average rate of 5% per week due to prolonged dry and hot weather, it is important to conserve clean water which are safe for consumption.  

In 2019, the incentive for successful applicant has been increased from RM500 to RM1000. Successful applicants can also re-apply after 2 years to ensure the existing installed system is well maintained.

(5) Food Waste Challenge Incentive (FWCI)

Open to all hotels, factories, hypermarkets/ supermarkets and institution with an established food waste management system. Food waste can be either managed on-site or collected by 3rd party vendors.

In 2019, the incentive for successful applicant has been increased from RM1000 to RM2000.

For more information, please contact Penang Green Council at 04-25033212 or visit