Insights on a greener, better future

THE Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry has collaborated with Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) in organising the upcoming International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia 2017 (IGEM 2017). The event will take place at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from Oct 11 to Oct 13.

According to the Ministry’s acting deputy minister Datuk Sri SK Devamany, this year’s exhibition is expected to attract 25,000 trade visitors from over 20 countries and aims to generate RM1.6 billion in business leads.

This year, IGEM 2017 will run to the theme “Powering Green Cities”. The exhibition will feature an extensive line-up of exhibits, conferences and workshops that aim to showcase the latest “green” innovations, as well as offer opportunities in key areas of green technology, including green buildings, green transport and green energy.
▶ There will be 320 exhibitor booths from local and international corporations, who will demonstrate their latest environmental friendly efforts.
▶ “IGEM 2017 Conference – International Urban Sustainability & Green Building Conference” (IUSGBC), one of three conferences of IGEM 2017, will provide visitors with insights on the latest innovations, trends and approaches to sustainable construction, development and financing.
▶ Visitors can participate in one of several workshops, conducted by industry experts to get a deeper understanding of the green technology sector.

Devamany shared the organiser’s choice of theme this year—on powering green cities.

“As urban populations continue to rise, it is becoming increasingly important to create sustainable living spaces through ecological innovations and practices.

“This year’s theme of Powering Green Cities not only reflects this necessity, but also ties in seamlessly with Malaysia’s TN50 aspiration of creating a greener future, whereby cities are powered by renewable energy, people commute via electric and energy efficient vehicles, as well as live and work in green buildings,” Devamany said.

As the emphasis of green technology and sustainable practices become more significant, it is important to resolve the misconceptions surrounding these topics.

“Adopting green technology and initiatives does not mean that profits should lag behind environmental concerns, rather it emphasises the need to give equal amount of attention to profitability and sustainability.

“As such we want to introduce businesses to the latest technology and practices that help them achieve the right balance, especially in an age where innovation is moving at an unprecedented speed,” Devamany said.

The three-day exhibition and conference is open to the public. For more information, visit the IGEM website.