Malaysia’s transformation from an agricultural to an industrialized economy in the last four decades is nothing short of amazing, but it came at a great cost to the environment that is evidenced by a recorded 221 percent rise in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions between 1990 and 2004. Dubbed the fastest growth rate (carbon emission) in the world (Al-Jazeera, 2007; Watkins, 2007), the Government’s response came in 2009 with the announcement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP-15) to voluntarily commit to reduce 40% of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (from 1990 levels) by year 2020.
Locarbon traces its beginnings in 2012 with the involvement of Co-founder Ahmad Zafuan in the advocacy of renewable energy – solar photovoltaic – in particular as a means to reduce GHG emissions in the country. Zafuan was involved in the study and installation of off-grid systems for rural schools in Sabah and rural Iban longhouse communities in Sarawak. Realising a stronger business case for energy management and energy efficiency, he quickly began to shift his focus away from being renewable energy centered towards energy management and energy efficiency focus.
Landing its first job as a subcontractor to provide consultancy services in energy audit and initial development of energy management systems – based on ASEAN Energy Management and Accreditation Scheme (AEMAS) framework, Locarbon was formally established in October 2015. The job entailed a comprehensive study to assess, plan and later implement energy management and energy efficiency measures for 5 of the country’s biggest public hospitals. Subsequently in 2017, Locarbon added two new projects to its portfolio working with the City Council of Shah Alam in its Low Carbon City Framework (LCCF) program to implement energy audit at the local authorities’ building complex and for the Selangor State Company to implement Efficient Management of Electrical Energy Regulations (EMEER) 2008 for their 5 pump-houses to assess, improve and report energy performance to the Energy Commission (EC) of Malaysia.
On the back of the country’s renewed commitment to reduce green-house gases (GHG) by 45% by 2030, Locarbon has made it the company’s mission and long-term goals to support the country in delivering its promised reduction by enhancing its process and know-how especially focusing on the buildings sector.
7 Affordable and Clean Energy
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
13 Climate Action
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts