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Malaysia's largest electricity utility company, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), is ready to collaborate with various stakeholders to drive electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the country.
The low-carbon mobility plan was discussed during the virtual Energy Sector Roundtable Engagement on Monday, 19 July 2021. TNB Chief Strategy and Ventures Officer Datuk Fazlur Rahman Zainuddin points out that the transportation sector must take a holistic approach to the nation's decarbonisation pathway.
Based on the numbers obtained from Malaysia's 3rd Biennial Update Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), road vehicles are the second largest contributor to CO2 emissions after the power sector in 2016. That is a total of 55,188 Giga grams CO2, which is around 21% of total greenhouse gases.
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Deputy Secretary-General (Policy) from the Ministry of Transport, Normah Osman was also present at the virtual round table session. She highlighted the firm's past efforts to drive up the foundational support for electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Malaysia.
In 2020, TNB together with Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) have installed 73 EV charging stations in 31 locations.
The firm's recent Memorandum of Understanding with DHL Express Malaysia, TNB will install EV charging stations along DHL’s key service routes. It will help the logistics company advance the electrification of its fleet in the future.
Both collaborations underline the various ways that synergies between companies can help accelerate the transition to EV mobility to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
TNB will be leading this transition through a collaborative approach with a coalition of stakeholders and realise this critical step towards decarbonisation.
Fazlur added that "electrification of mobility is an economic game changer for the country as new technology will stimulate higher-value economic activity within our eco-system." TNB has set up a Project Management Office to facilitate the EV agenda and is looking forward to making progress with its partners on this path.