Assalamualaikum Warrahmahtullahi Wabarakatuh, Salam Sejahtera and Salam Satu Malaysia.
Yang Berhormat Tan Sri Muhyiddin bin Yassin;
Timbalan Perdana Menteri,
Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili;
Menteri, Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air,
Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Wahid Omar;
Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri,
Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa;
Ketua Setiausaha Negara,
Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests
It gives me great pleasure to be here today to witness this milestone in our economic development and our efforts to create a modern, efficient and low carbon economy.
During the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, I pledged that Malaysia would reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions by 40% by 2020.
I made this pledge for two reasons: firstly, it is the responsibility of all countries, large or small, to take actions that will help prevent dangerous climate change. Climate change threatens us all. Therefore, all of us must act to reduce emissions and secure our children’s future.
Secondly, I pledged to reduce emissions because tackling carbon pollution – and embracing the technology that allows us to do this – is good for our economic growth and development.
Energy-efficiency projects save money. And investing in low-carbon technologies creates wealth and opportunities for Malaysians – as evidenced by the thousands of high paying jobs created in Malaysia by the solar power and LED lighting industries.
Buildings account for more than 50% of energy consumption. And energy efficiency measures tend to offer very good value for money – the investments normally pay for themselves in just a few years.
There is no better example on benefits of embracing clean technology than the improvements that have been done to this building. I am delighted to announce that Perdana Putra has achieved a Platinum rating in the Green Building Index.
This building is now approximately one third more energy-efficient than it was before. In 2010, Perdana Putra had a Building Energy Intensity of 138. And this is quite an achievement because this building was not designed to be energy-efficient at the first place. Today, it has a Building Energy Intensity of just 85. Perdana Putra is now one of the most energy-efficient buildings in Malaysia – and has been categorised as a High Performance Green Building. It is my intention that this project will become a catalyst for similar initiatives right across Malaysia.
Beyond Perdana Putra, I would like to see the entire city of Putrajaya transformed into a Green, Smart and Connected city that will showcase Malaysia’s economic and technological advancement.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Malaysia now boasts 100 million square feet of Green Building space. This is an encouraging achievement and I would like to thank the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water and the Green Building Index for making it possible.
I would like to thank Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa for proving that the Perdana Putra project is feasible, and also viable under a Private Finance Initiative model.
I would also like to thank the Public Private Partnership Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department; the Administrative Department of the Prime Minister’s Department and the Public Works Department for their efforts in seeing through the implementation of this project.
I would also like to congratulate KFM Holdings for their creativity and tenacity in delivering this outstanding project.
And allow me to recognize the efforts of GBI – a not-for-profit organization – which has done so much to raise the awareness of sustainability, through their green building rating tools. GBI is a truly Malaysian effort to create a more sustainable future.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This country, its resources and its environment have been entrusted to us – not for our own rapacious consumption – but to nurture and safeguard for future generations.
With the word Bismillahirrahmanirrahim, I would now like to formally officiate Kompleks Perdana Putra as a Platinum Rated Green Building.
Wabillahitaufik Walhidayah Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.