UEM Edgenta’s RM100m Green&Smart Initiative for Sarawak Gov’t Buildings

(Third from the left) Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, the Premier of Sarawak presenting the ‘Outstanding World ESG Impact Award’ to Syahrunizam Samsudin, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Edgenta at the recent 2023 World Green & Sustainability Summit.

KUCHING, Sept 6: OPUS Consultants (M) Berhad, an asset management and infrastructure solutions subsidiary of UEM Edgenta Berhad, and EPR (Kuching) Sdn Bhd will be involved in a RM100 million ‘Sustainable Zero-Capex Program’ to convert existing government buildings in Sarawak into smart/green buildings.

UEM Edgenta said in a statement that by using the Asseto platform, OPUS Sarawak and EPR Sarawak will combine the latest green technology on energy efficiency, smart cities solutions and Internet of Things for deployment in Sarawak.

This initiative targets building and asset owners, including both Sarawak government owned-companies and Sarawak government-linked companies, to meet their net-zero emissions vision through advancements in green building practices, energy efficiency, and sustainable asset management, the company said.

Syahrunizam Samsudin, Managing Director and CEO of UEM Edgenta, said its pledge under the Sustainable Zero-Capex Program would empower new and existing building and asset owners to expedite their sustainability agendas and enable them to adopt sustainability with minimal or no upfront cost.

OPUS Consultants’ sustainability solutions have realised up to 52 per cent savings in electrical energy consumption, over RM114 million in total electrical savings, carbon emission reductions exceeding 32,000 tCO2, and diverting 3,798 tonnes of organic waste from landfills.

The group’s solutions have also facilitated more than 30 managed hospitals in meeting Energy Management Gold Standards, achieving 19 GBI (Green Building Initiative) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified Buildings, and attaining reductions of over 11 per cent in water consumption and 15 to 30 per cent in annual asset maintenance costs.

“We hope that more Sarawak government-owned companies and Sarawak government-linked companies will seize the opportunity and benefits of these solutions, following in the footsteps of those who are already reaping the rewards,” said Ir. Ts. Vincent Tang Chok Khing, Director/Head of OPUS East Malaysia and Managing Director of OPUS Consultants Sarawak.

OPUS Consultants, with a workforce of more than 60 per cent Sarawakians engaged in Sarawak projects, has been involved in a number of transformative projects in Sarawak such as the Coastal Road Network, Second Trunk Roads, Kuching Urban Transportation System and Pan Borneo Highway.