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AseanAffairs Magazine September - October 2010

Thai Prime Minister
Abhisit Vejjajiva

Four months on in the reconciliation process Asean Affairs examines the progress and shortcomings of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s plan to bridge

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YB Dato’ Sri Peter Chin, Minister of nergy, Green Technology & Water, Malaysia YB Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, MP Advisor and Patron, the Malaysia-Europe Forum (MEF), and former Minister of International Trade & Industry, Malaysia H.E. Vincent Piket, Ambassador & Head of Delegation, The Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia

          A total of 200 leaders from business, government, think tanks, embassies, chambers of commerce and media in Malaysia attended The Save Our Planet Forum that concluded in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 3rd August 2010, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Save Our Planet is a global series of forums focusing on meeting the challenges of global warming and reducing man’s carbon footprints. The first two Save Our Planet Forums were held in Bangkok. Future events are planned in Singapore, Hanoi, Jakarta (all in Asean), India, and a Save Our Planet megaconference in New York City next year. The Save Our Planet forums are organized by the Asean Affairs Business Council.The Save Our Planet Forum in Malaysia was keynoted by Peter Chin, Malaysia’s Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water; and Rafidah Aziz, former Minister of International Trade and Industry for Malaysia. The event attracted experts from all over the globe to interact and suggest solutions to the environmental challenges facing Malaysia and other Asean countries. AseanAffairs Founder and CEO, Swarup Roy, opened the event by giving the history of the Save Our Planet forums and stressed the importance of the private sector in addressing climate deterioration issues.

Session 1: Governments as Change Agents - An Uphill Task
In the first session, keynoter Peter Chin emphasized that energy efficiency and conservation play a role in Malaysia’s current New Economic Model. He noted that reducing energy sector emissions was the top priority of the Malaysian government, as there had been a 55 percent increase in greenhouse gases between 1994 and 2000. Chin also observed that Malaysia’s per capita CO2 emissions were 7.1 tons per capita, as opposed to the 2.6 tons rate of other nations in the Asia-Pacific region.

He said there would be a heavy reliance on solar energy and biomass to create energy and more jobs with the goal of a “valid mix of energy resources.” The minister said that nuclear energy may be an option for Malaysia after 2020...........


Panel Discussion 2: “Companies as Change Agents - Leading The Way” Session 2: “Companies as Change Agents - Leading The Way”

 Session 2: Companies as Change Agents - Leading the Way
This session, moderated by anchorman Shafizan Johari of Bisnes Awani, featured two representatives of environmentally conscious companies - a sustainability consultant and an academic leader addressing the role of the private sector in the climate change battle.

Mr. Novak set up his presentation with the fact that if civilization’s future hinges on one issue - other than global pandemic or war - that issue is energy. He said we have built a civilization dependent on hydrocarbon-based energy for its growth and pointed out that the laws of thermodynamics teach us that current levels of energy input are required simply to maintain equilibrium, but the ability to continue input at current levels is questionable.

Supplies are more difficult to find, extract and process than ever before. In the industrialized world there are 10 calories of hydrocarbon energy involved in the production of every calorie of food..........

 Session 3: The Sustainable Corporation
Seitle S. Dhillion, executive vice president and head, Siemens Energy Sector; and president and CEO, Siemens Malaysia, detailed his company’s role in developing energy-efficient cities, as most of the world’s population will be living in cities in the 21st century.

M. R. Chandran, advisor to the executive board of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, Malaysia, admitted that his subject,

Section 4: Financing the Fight against Climate Change
Shayne Heffernan, founder of Heffernan Group and Ebeling Heffernan, outlined “The What and How of Attracting Green Investments.” Mr. Heffernan outlined the concepts that need to be included in a business plan, including honesty and “where does the money go, who spends it and what does it do?” He noted that the plan involved a premium for the first investors as well as an exit strategy for the entrepreneur. The presentation was directed toward venture capital undertakings not involving government funding



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