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This is what I live for
Managment Magazine, 17 March 2010
Brought up to respect the environment and to appreciate its beauty, Ruth Yeah, is unwavering in her passion to reduce carbon footprints. My father has always taught me to do business the right way, always in the Christian way. The environment is God's creation. It is a huge responsibility. We have been brought into this earth to be His stewards to protect the wealth that He has given us. You might have seen our premiere of Ed Norton's Strange Days on Planet Earth on the National Geographic Channel. I know Ed Norton Sr through the environmental circles that we mix in. His son the Ed Norton, the Hollywood actor, is following in his footsteps. It really encourages me as it reminds me so much of my father and me. We also premiered the Inconvenient Truth movie. In the second year we did the same thing with the Eleventh Hour movie. We also held business conferences and you workshops. I invited every school in Malaysia to participate and that was very successful. During Earth Hour we gave away our Green Ribbon Award to the school with the most innovative sustainability programme. There are a lot of lobbyists and skeptics who are paid to work against these initiatives but that doesn't stop me because I know that there is a lot of caring Malaysians out there. I invite them to be part of the projects that we do.

Going Green, For Real
Bernama, 1 March 2010
The corporate world embarks on what they call "green initiatives" but one sometime wonders if this effort is more than just a tax-exemption exercise. Enter Ruth Yeoh, the eldest daughter of the managing director of YTL Group Tan Sri Francis Yeoh. For those unaware, the group is one of Malaysia's biggest infrastructure conglomerates with businesses across the globe. Ruth is the Director of Investments and the one who leads the environmental division at YTL. "For the Climate Change Week, we have free screenings of eco-documentaries and movies, we hold talks, seminars, meetings and conferences. We also have youth workshops so the younger generation can participate and have their voices heard," she said. Her active participation in environmental conservation efforts demonstrates her tenacity in walking the talk, as an individual and a corporate citizen. One wonders what keeps her green drive going, but Ruth sums it up succinctly: "I'm only doing my part to protect our earth and the environment. You can do the same. It's the least we can do for ourselves, and the future generations."

Appreciating Time & The Environment at Starhill Gallery
Kuala Lumpur, 10 December 2009
Tan Sri (Dr.) Francis Yeoh, Group Managing Director of YTL Corporation Berhad commented that “For the true appreciation of Time, is the true appreciation of nature and the environment. Without which, time is no luxury! But the environment is showing signs of buckling under the strain of sustaining Mankind because nothing but time is infinite. With A Journey Through Time in its 3rd year, we felt that we should use this world-class event to raise awareness on the environmental challenges facing our world, as well as the different roles we could all play in protecting and preserving our environment”.

Power of the earth
Straits Times, 1 August 2009
With its “virtualisation” software, YTL's Power Seraya can meet its information technology (IT) needs with just 10 physical data servers while projecting the capabilities of 100 servers virtually. This has allowed Power Seraya to cut down its energy consumption in such activities by 75 percent, or some 310, 000 kwh of energy savings. Another way to measure this green practice is that Power Seraya has helped to avoid some 168 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. “As a power company, we are mindful of our association with carbon, given the nature of our business operations,” says Mr. John Ng, chief executive officer of Power Seraya. “As a responsible company, the management and the company’s board recognised that they would need to place greater emphasis on the environment in order to build a sustainable future.”

The company has also spent on emissions control equipment and clean burning co-generation plants, thus cutting carbon dioxide emissions by more than 30 percent and sulphur dioxide by more than 80 percent over the last decade. In particular, Power Seraya’s $800 million investment in an 800 MW National Gas Combined Cycle Plant (CCP) will result in a higher proportion of electricity being generated from cleaner fuel sources and at a higher thermal efficiency. This will lead to a further 10 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from current levels when the plan is fully operational in 2010.

Companies praised for green initiatives
The Business Times, 31 July 2009
COMPANIES from a range of industries were lauded for innovative, sustainable and green initiatives at the third annual Singapore Green Summit (SGS) yesterday. Leading the pack in terms of awards won was energy group YTL's Power- Seraya. PowerSeraya clinched two awards - for best sustainability report and best first-time report at SGS - and a B+ from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the global standard for sustainability reporting. This is the highest level obtained by a local company so far.

 
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