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Penang Eco-Town Workshop
- Sharing Information and Experiences in Developing a “Recycling Oriented Society” -

On 7 December 2011, “Penang Eco-town Workshop” was organized gathering 140 participants to share information and experiences of initiatives and efforts for eco-town development and building a recycling society.

Date:7 December 2011
Venue:Cititel Hotel Penang, Malaysia
Organizers:Penang State Government
Municipal Council of Penang Island (MPPP)
Municipal Council of Seberang Perai (MPSP)
Penang Institute
Global Environment Centre (GEC)
Co-organizer:UNEP/International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP/IETC)

The United Nations Environment Programme/International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP/IETC) started a project to promote and apply the Japanese eco-town concept in the Asia-Pacific region from 2004, with the aim to encourage and facilitate implementation of 3R and integrated waste management, and to promote sustainable industrial development. Penang, Malaysia and Bandung, Indonesia were selected as the pilot cities of the project. The Global Environment Centre (GEC) has been supporting UNEP/IETC’s eco-town project.

In order to promote and facilitate the development of Eco-towns in developing countries, GEC started creating a “Database of Eco-town Recycling Technologies in Japan” in 2009. The objective of the database is to disseminate information that will be good references for developing countries to create policies, plans, and approaches for promoting recycling and eco-town development. This activity was carried out with financial assistance from the Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Environment Fund

Before start creating the technology database, surveys were carried out to identify the needs for recycling technologies in Penang and Bandung in 2009. The surveys were carried out by the Socio-economic & Environmental Research Institute in Penang (SERI: currently the Penang Institute) and the Institute of Ecology (IOE) of Padjadjaran University in Bandung, based on a list of recycling technologies adopted in Eco-towns in Japan.

Based on the findings of the survey, GEC carried out surveys to collect information on recycling technologies adopted in Japanese eco-towns as well as initiatives of the recyclers and local governments for promoting waste recycling and eco-town programs in 2010, then compiled them into the database in 2011.

Taking the opportunity of the database completion, GEC organized the eco-town workshop.

Objective of the Workshop
There are a number of sustainability challenges that require different kinds of solutions. The workshop focused on;
- Sharing information and experiences of governments, private sector and NGOs in Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan in developing and implementing “eco-town”;
- Sharing information on appropriate technology solutions and initiatives that private sector and NGOs have to adopt in order to reduce their negative impacts on the environment and to develop a recycling oriented society.
- Highlighting the environmental policy that is required for proper management of environmental technologies.

The workshop was attended by 140 participants from local governments, private companies, community organizations, NGOs and educators in Malaysia, with each group delivering presentations on activities and initiatives to promote recycling and develop a recycling society. Representatives from Bandung also attended the workshop and presented about eco-town development in Bandung. Japanese participants from Kawasaki City Government, JETRO, Panasonic Environmental Systems & Engineering, Canon, Mitsui & Co. introduced their various initiatives, attracting considerable interest from the participants.

The workshop demonstrated that significant progress had occurred in Penang in recycling and environmental initiatives. The presentations showed that the level of community and citizen participation in recycling and environmental activities is considerably high, and local industries have started recycling business including e-waste recycling. Through the workshop, participants shared useful information on leading activities implemented by various stakeholders, and it was observed that there is much potential for the growth of recycling business in Penang and Malaysia.

Workshop Program

Opening remarksYB Tuan Phee Boon Poh, Penang State Executive Councilor for Health, Environment, Welfare and Caring Society
Opening remarks & overviewYB Tuan Prof. Dr. P. Ramasamy a/l Palanisamy, Deputy Chief Minister of Penang
Eco-Town Initiatives in Japan and GEC's Eco-Town Recycling Technology DatabaseMr. Makoto Fujita,
Global Environment Centre (GEC)
Sustainability Assessment of Technologies (SAT) & UNEP’s Waste Management ProjectsDr. Mushtaq Ahmed Memon, UNEP/IETC
Session: Government and NGO initiatives
Moderator: Dato’ Dr Leong Yueh Kwong, Director, Penang Institute
Developing Eco-Town in Penang - Initiatives of Local GovernmentMs Maimunah Mohd. Sharif, Mayor of Seberang Perai Municipal Council
Initiative of Bandung Eco-Town Program towards Bandung Green and HarmonyMs. Kamalia Purbani, Bandung City Government, Indonesia
Environment Technology Transferred from Kawasaki City to the WorldMr. Takekazu Inoue, Kawasaki City Government, Japan
Initiative from Environment Resource Centre in Central Seberang PeraiMr Ng Tho Heng, Chairman, Environment Resource Centre, Taman Desa Damai, Bukit Mertajam
Into the Future: Awareness & Green Education for the Young GenerationDato' Onn National Secondary School, Butterworth, Penang
Session: Initiatives of Japanese private sectors
Moderator: Dato’ Dr Goh Ban Lee, Penang Institute
Panasonic Group Environmental Management & SolutionMr. Norihiko Mizushima / Mr. Zulaizam Bin Mohd Masduki, Panasonic Environmental Systems & Engineering Co., Ltd
Canon’s Environmental Vision and Recycling ActivitiesMs. Shirley Lee / Ms. Esther Teh,
Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd
Mitsui’s Recycling BusinessMr. Hideki Yoshimi / Ms. Hitomi Yokota, Mitsui & Co. (Asia Pacific) Pte. Ltd
JETRO’s Activities for Enhancing Business Collaboration between Japan and Malaysia in Green-tech FieldMr. Katsushi Takehiro, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Session: Initiatives of Malaysian private sectors
Moderator: Mr Jeffrey Chew, Penang Chief Minister’s Special Invest Officer
E-waste Recycling in PenangMs. Rose Kuan, Shan Poornam Metals Sdn Bhd
EFOS : Rejuvenate Water Solution - Green, Clean & Sustainable Water ResourcesMr. Amir Shaharuddin Bin Md Hassan, EFOS Resources
Sharing of Sustainability Initiatives at Intel MalaysiaMr. Tan Joo Shiuh, Intel Penang
Closing RemarksYB Mr Chow Kon Yeow, Penang State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee Chairman


Banner of the workshop
Opening remarks by YB Tuan Phee Boon Poh
Opening remarks & overview by
YB Tuan Prof. Dr. P. Ramasamy a/l Palanisamy,
Deputy Chief Minister of Penang
Venue of the workshop
Presentation by Mr. Fujita, GEC
Presentation by Dr. Memon, UNEP/IETC
Closing remarks by YB Chow Kon Yeow

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