MERGING EXPERTISE AND PASSION TO ADVANCE THE BIOGAS INDUSTRY

The demand for electricity is expected to increase as society progresses and industries across all sectors continue to develop. Malaysians use over 12,000MW of energy every day, and more than 100,000GWh of electricity every year. In October 2017, the country recorded an all-time high in daily electricity usage as the maximum demand rose to 17,790MW. While the present supply of electricity is adequate for current times, how do we ensure that there is a stable and reliable supply of electricity, one that is matched to the needs of the future?

Cenergi recognises the impact clean energy has on communities. In doing so, it invests in biogas and other clean energy projects that increases the quality of life while contributing to a sustainable future. With the significant contribution of the oil palm industry to the country’s economy (making up over 40% of the agriculture sector’s contribution to our nation’s GDP for 2016), it is crucial that we also look at ways to maximise the use of biogas obtained from the anaerobic digestion of palm oil mill effluent (POME) for electricity generation.

As the nation’s largest grid-connected POME biogas provider, Cenergi has been exporting electricity to the national grid for the past four years. A stable and functioning biogas plant is both a secure investment and an environmentally responsible asset. To date, the company has four plants around Peninsular Malaysia that have a combined generation capacity of 5.5MW with another 1.5MW under construction. On top of producing clean and renewable energy sources, these plants simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

In promoting better use of renewable energy, the Havys Biogas Power Plant by Cenergi is the first biogas project that operates under a 13-year Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) agreement. Havys is celebrating its fifth anniversary of operations this coming August and is located in the state of Pahang. Throughout the contractual BOOT period, the mill owner provides sufficient POME feedstock free-of-charge. Then, once operational, the plant generates revenue from the sale of electricity to the grid. This revenue-sharing model will further provide the mill owner a portion of the power and carbon sales.

In transforming climate change liabilities into revenue-generating assets, all of Cenergi’s biogas plants namely Sawira Biogas Power Plant, Cheekah-Kemayan Biogas Power Plant, Sri Jelutong Biogas Power Plant, Havys Biogas Power Plant, and Pantai Remis Biogas Power Plant (under construction) are known for their key features. These include higher alkalinity which results in a more robust digestion process, longer wastewater retention time for better stabilisation, lower energy requirements which reduces overall costs, and lower methane emissions. Cenergi’s biogas plants are able to reduce carbon emissions in addition to turning waste to wealth for palm oil millers.

With 36 employees at its plants throughout Peninsular Malaysia, Cenergi sets itself apart from other players in the industry. United by a passion for a sustainable future, the team at Cenergi has proven technical, commercial, financial, and operational capabilities in reducing carbon footprint whilst contributing to a sustainable future for communities at large. With decades of in-house expertise, Cenergi is assisting countries throughout the region to grow sustainably. The expanding team is committed to delivering impactful projects across Southeast Asia with an aim to create a society that is conscious of our future environment. Cenergi believes in the collective effort and aspires to impact a sustainable future where communities realise the need to function in harmony.

A CONSCIENTIOUS SOCIETY FOR A GREENER TOMORROW

Worries about climate change are increasing as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions hits a new high, Reports published last September indicate that countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines saw a significant increase in carbon emissions throughout 2016. Recent research also revealed that the world collectively emits about 40 billion tonnes of carbon emissions into the atmosphere every year. After stalling for three years, world carbon emissions rose by 2% in 2017. With human activity being the main cause of this situation, society needs to take immediate action to reduce the deteriorating environmental conditions.

Combatting this issue goes beyond producing renewable energy (RE) and implementing energy efficiency solutions. We are in need of a more conscientious society that realises the importance of functioning in harmony with the environment. With sustainability being central in everything it does, Cenergi aims to ensure that both industry and society realise the need to reduce the negative impact humans have on the environment.

Cenergi stands firm in believing that behavioural change and conscious use of energy is key to a sustainable future. By being aware of our energy usage, we can look at measures to eliminate wasteful and non-productive patterns of energy consumption. Encouraging society to save energy is challenging as many consider it a disruption to their routines. However, most changes that save energy are relatively simple, such as increasing the air-conditioning temperature by a few degree. By making these simple changes, we ensure a sustainable future that does not compromise the quality of life for the future generation. For this, education at the grassroots level needs to be solidified and policies around energy conversation need to be reinforced.

As Malaysia pledges to reduce GHG emissions by 45% by 2030, many initiatives across numerous sectors have been implemented by the Government including the Green Technology Master Plan (GTMP) 2017-2030 that aims to transform Malaysia into a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy; the Energy Efficiency Action Plan that seeks to reduce 13.113 million tonnes of carbon emissions within the next 12 years; and the launching of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) to remove approximately 89 million cars on the road by 2030.

In identifying energy-saving strategies, Cenergi recognises the positive impact clean energy has on the communities around us. The company invests in clean energy projects that contribute to a sustainable future and encourages an impactful outcome to better out current environmental condition through collective efforts by society and industry decision makers. In 2017 alone, Cenergi reduced the reliance on fossil fuels by generating a total of 24,000MWh of energy that year. The electricity obtained from this was fed back to the national grid and is equivalent to the energy that is able to power up 1,000 average Malaysian households for eight years.

With its cutting edge innovation in green technology and aim to reduce carbon footprint, Cenergi is committed to taking the Southeast Asian region towards a more sustainable future whilst growing its flagship biogas, energy efficiency projects and other clean energy solutions.

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is an integral part of Cenergi’s culture. The company integrates sustainability into every stage of its business and project execution to cultivate an environmentally-conscious society. This practice is also upheld by its employees where the team leads by example with ESG practices, such as on-site recycling and waste management, educational partnerships with local universities to offer internships to prospective graduates, and employing and developing local talents to manage and operate their plants.

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