Cyberjaya At The Forefront Of Green Technology

Posted on November 30, 2010. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

(Bernama)– When Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak introduced the Green Technology as one of the new economic drivers for the nation, Cyberjaya was given the honour of being the pioneer green city.

Ir Hafidz Hashim, the Managing Director of Cyberview Sdn Bhd, the landowner and developer of Malaysia’s premier cyber city, noted that in line with the newfound status, the iGREET (Information on Green Technology) monthly seminar series was introduced by the company

“iGREET is the perfect platform for our stakeholders to share ideas on how to take advantage of the green infrastructure and holistic ecosystem Cyberjaya has to offer. iGREET is also a great opportunity for attendees to generate business leads among developers and existing tenants in Cyberjaya,” he said.

The seminars held at the Tasik Cyberjaya Clubhouse aim to introduce green technology possibilities to Cyberjaya’s developers and stakeholders.

“IGREET series is not only a result of our new status as a pioneer Green City as designated by the Government, but also as our own initiative to champion ecological responsibilities as Malaysia’s leading cyber city and MSC Malaysia hub,” added Ir Hafidz.

THE BENEFITS OF GREEN TECHNOLOGY

The recent third iGREET seminar, revealed that city councils stand to save up to nearly RM2.5 million annually in utility bills per 300 street lamps with the use of integrated power monitoring solutions.

Guest speaker Sumit Goel of KLG Systel Ltd, technology partner of Lucid Energy Sdn Bhd, pointed out that the ConnectGaia intelligent power management system used for Mumbai’s streetlamps had helped in optimising power consumption.

“Active management of power supply can be done remotely, and can significantly improve the cost of residential, commercial, and metropolitan infrastructure. For instance, switching on alternate streetlamps off-peak night traffic hours immediately halves power consumption,” said Goel.

The iGREET series previously covered topics including grey water collection, and treatment and reuse, energy-efficient LED lighting solutions, and organic waste management for power generation solutions and the Green Building Index (GBI).

The session also featured K.C. Low, vice president of Schneider Electric’s IT business in Malaysia and Thailand who demonstrated APC’s energy efficient data centre power and cooling management systems.

APC’s presentation highlighted how more than 50 per cent of conventional data centre power consumption go inefficiently to provide power and cooling instead of actual data load, with APC’s scalable solutions increasing efficiency up to 95 per cent.

APC solutions are currently deployed at Basis Bay, a leading IT outsourcing services provider and data centre in Cyberjaya servicing more than 300 local and international clients.

LONG TERM BENEFITS

Meanwhile, Augustine Koh of Green Purchasing Network Malaysia gave an overview of Thailand’s innovative and highly successful Wongpanit Recycling System, a potential model for Cyberjaya as a Green City pioneer.

Yuso Yamada of Yasui Architects and Engineers also demonstrated the feasibility of retrofitting existing buildings in Cyberjaya to achieve at least a GBI Silver status.

Participants also made a site visit to the Shell Service Centre, the first building in Cyberjaya to be pre-certified with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status. A presentation on its green-driven design and construction was delivered by Jeffery Ling, director of architectural firm Architects61.

The seminar series so far has seen enthusiastic attendance by major stakeholders, developers and tenants in Cyberjaya.

He said as a cyber city on the cutting-edge of innovation and technology, Cyberjaya is poised to play host to commercial, residential, business and institutional developments built around sustainable technologies that would strengthen investor and tenant sentiments towards Cyberview’s four pillars – a place to live, study, work and play.

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