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Green: Eco on their mind
NST Online, 8 July 2010
CAN townies develop a green lifestyle, despite being surrounded by concrete almost everywhere? For YTL Corp, it’s a big, resounding “Yes”! To prove it, the company recently turned the main concourse of its Lot 10 shopping centre into an Eco Haven bazaar of sustainable ideas for its fourth Climate Change Week. YTL director of investments Ruth Yeoh, who launched the event, sees Eco Haven as a window to new and practical ideas, setting an example for sustainable living in the city. “It’s a nod to our pragmatic forefathers who understood the true value of everyday things, where worn clothes were turned into quilts and rainy days provided water to clean their cars. “Through the various activities that we have put together for the week, we want to show Malaysians that it’s easy to go green.” Since YTL started Climate Change Week in 2007, what has been most fulfilling for Yeoh is seeing the much improved environmental consciousness in locals. “Climate change today has become a mainstream concern of the country. But we’re still at the stage which scientists have termed ‘ecological overshoot’ — using and wasting more resources than our planet can sustain or produce,” she says.

YTL Corp contributes US$2 million to “YTL Fellowship for a Rare Planet”
Kuala Lumpur, 22 June 2010
YTL Corporation today launched the “YTL Fellowship for a Rare Planet”, an unprecedented community-based conservation programme that is set to directly benefit environmentally-threatened sites in Malaysia and Asia, home to some of the world’s richest natural resources and most extraordinary species and habitats. The US$2 million Fellowship fund in support of Rare, an international conservation group with success in 50 countries, is one of the many conservation gifts by YTL.

Speaking at the event, Ruth Yeoh who also serves on Rare’s Board as their youngest Trustee said, “Like many groups, YTL supports climate change mitigation at all levels – from the emerging cap and trade market to national policy and raising awareness. But YTL feels passionately that we cannot meet the challenge of climate change without mobilizing local communities living in and around Asia, building local leadership capacity, and providing alternatives to people whose options are already quite limited.

“That is why YTL Corporation is supporting Rare, in training Fellows across Asia to run campaigns that raise awareness of the issues and offer communities tools for adapting to and mitigating climate change. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity before us: Given the right tools, Asia’s local communities can both contribute to and benefit from conservation of our rich natural resources, while playing a leading role on the world stage as we tackle the global threat of climate change.”

YTL Corporation launches Climate Change Week 2010 with Eco Heaven
Kuala Lumpur, 19 June 2010
YTL today kicked-start Climate Change Week 2010, in the heart of KL City, transforming Lot 10 Shopping Centre into an “Eco Heaven” with a showcase of creative reinventions of various used and recycle materials. Setting an example for its theme “Sustainable Living in the City”, Climate Change Week 2010 seeks to inspire Malaysians via a series of exciting and thought-provoking eco activities that will be held from June 19-27 in Lot 10 Shopping Centre, to show Malaysians how easy it is to go green.

Speaking at the launch, Ruth Yeoh, YTL’s Director of Investments said, "Since we started Climate Change Week in 2007, what has been the most fulfilling is seeing the tremendous increase in environmental consciousness amongst Malaysian, where climate change today has grown into a mainstream concern of the country and its people. But yet, we are still at a point in time which Scientists have termed ‘ecological overshoot’, using and wasting more resources than our planet can sustain or produce. To put it into perspective, in 2005 this annual overshoot accrued into an ecological debt that exceeded 2.5 years of Earth’s total productivity. And today, moderate United Nations scenarios suggest that if the world’s current population and consumption trends continue, by the middle of the next decade we will need an equivalent of two Earths to support us."

YTL Group conferred Green Energy Company of the Year at 2010 Malaysia Excellence Awards
Kuala Lumpur, 10 June 2010
"Green Energy Company of the Year" at 2010 Malaysia Excellence Awards - Research conducted by Frost & Sullivan Energy & Power Supplies Research team. The Green Energy Company of the Year Award was conferred to YTL Corporation Berhad in recognition of it’s significant progress in enhancing the long-term sustainability and managing the environmental impact of its operations. This has resulted in measurable improvement in the company’s overall environmental performance within its industry sector, which in turn contributed to the development of best practices for the entire industry in Malaysia. This includes a significant thrust on producing green innovations in its products and processes.

Managing Director of YTL Group Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh said, "This is an immensely meaningful award. Naturally, I give thanks and glory to our Lord Jesus Christ for this blessing. This recognition affirms YTL’s commitment to green innovation and also sustainability. But more importantly, it reflects our passion to preserve our environment as good stewards of God’s earth, as well as to promote awareness on climate change. I hope YTL demonstrated what corporations like ours could do to save our environment."

Towards a Green Generation
Malaysian Today, 4 June 2010
Come June 5, World Environment Day will mark the continuing struggle between Mother Earth and Man. We can do our part to help her win, and we should do it now. We speak to those in the know, and take a leaf or two from the books of green-friendly companies in Malaysia. Leading infrastructure conglomerate YTL Corporation Berhad knows full well the impact of development on the environment. They have made sustainable development something integral to their business strategy, especially in the use and development of clean technology and renewable energy. One of their efforts will be very familiar to us: Every year, during Earth Hour, all YTL buildings turn off their lights, darkening the KL city skyline to signify (pun intended) the light of hope for Earth.

But behind the scenes, every aspect of YTL's involvement in infrastructure, power generation, construction contracting, cement and manufacturing, property development, hotels, resorts and leisure and technology incubation have undergone stringent efforts to minimise (and definitely work towards eliminating) the impact to the environment. YTL has also taken great steps to maintain active participation in environmental efforts by working with The Nature Conservancy, Rare Conservation, Reef Check Malaysia, Malaysian Nature Society, TrEES and WWF-Malaysia. And in looking to the future, YTL will be hosting for the fourth consecutive year, Climate Change Week from June 19 to 21 this year, designed specifically with the objective of raising environmental consciousness amongst Malaysians as well as inspire them to be part of the solution to the urgent issue of global warming.

All these organisations speak of a greener Malaysia, and there is more: A National Climate Change Policy has been approved and awaits only the time when it can be fully enforced and implemented in schools and all levels of society. According to the National Conference on Sustainability Malaysia 2010, our aim of reducing carbon intensity by 40 per cent is very much possible, and that Prime Minister has every intention of tackling this head-on. With all the mobilisation swirling around us, how can we be left behind when our generation is the future? So, isn't it time you left your car keys behind, and walk to your friendly neighbourhood mamak just 10 minutes away?

 
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