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From Bins To Renewables

KDEB Waste Management’s Approach In Supporting The National Energy Transition Roadmap And Reducing Carbon Footprint

This is part one of two on KDEB Waste Management’s (KDEBWM) projects and initiatives to spearhead a Waste-to-Energy (WTE) ‘revolution’ in service of fulfilling the objectives laid out in Malaysia’s National Energy Transition Roadmap (NETR). Together, let’s embark on this journey towards our nation’s greener future.

Malaysia faces a significant waste management challenge as a result of rapid urbanisation and population increase. Each day, the nation generates an astonishing 38,427 metric tonnes of solid waste, a number projected to swell to 49,670 tonnes daily by 2030. Amid this escalating waste crisis, KDEB Waste Management (KDEBWM), wholly owned by the State government of Selangor, emerges as an innovative leader.

KDEBWM manages an astounding 7,000 tonnes of waste daily throughout Selangor, placing it at the forefront of Malaysia’s waste management sector. Yet, what truly distinguishes KDEBWM is not just the scale of its operations, but its unwavering commitment to sustainability and carbon reduction. This commitment is epitomised by its support for the National Energy Transition Roadmap (NETR), a visionary initiative aimed at propelling Malaysia toward a sustainable, low-carbon future.

Ahadi Mohd Nasir, General Manager, Subsidiary Management and Project Delivery of KDEBWM, delves into the company’s transformative journey – from waste bins to renewable resources – exploring how its approaches align with NETR’s objectives and contribute to reducing Malaysia’s carbon footprint.

Uderstanding NETR

“In the pursuit of a sustainable and low-carbon future, Malaysia embarks on a transformative journey guided by NETR. Officially unveiled on July 27, 2023, this visionary roadmap marks a pivotal moment in our nation’s quest to attain a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050. NETR aligns seamlessly with our nation’s aspirations for sustainable development, social equity, and balanced progress. Among NETR’s key focal points lies the strategic management of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).

Annually, Malaysia generates a substantial 13.9 million tonnes of MSW, a figure on an upward trajectory. MSW represents a burgeoning source of bioenergy, with potential as a feedstock for power generation through Waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies. WTE processes involve the conversion of waste materials into energy, such as electricity, heat, or biofuel. By harnessing waste as a feedstock for energy production, WTE technologies mitigate the volume of waste sent to landfills, while simultaneously providing a sustainable source of renewable energy.

In this journey towards a greener, more sustainable future, MSW assumes a pivotal role in NETR’s success. It aids in reducing our carbon footprint and expedites our transition to a low- carbon economy. The synergy between NETR and MSW, with the integration of WTE technologies, promises to steer in a cleaner and more energy-efficient Malaysia.

Leading the Charge in Selangor’s Waste Management Landscape

KDEBWM plays a pivotal role in Malaysia’s waste management sector, servicing 6.5 million residents and 2 million taxpayers, primarily in Selangor, a densely populated state. Our mission is to maintain cleanliness and public health while embracing sustainability.

KDEBWM offers a range of services, including efficient residential waste collection and proper disposal, street cleaning, public space maintenance, and responsible waste management for industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) sectors. We also champion recycling initiatives to contribute to sustainable resource management.

 Dedication Across Selangor

KDEBWM currently serves all 12 municipalities in Selangor, operating with a substantial fleet of 1,100 units. We collaborate with over 1,000 subcontractors, maintain a dedicated workforce of over 10,000 individuals, and manage five Recycling Centres with our strategic partners.

Our Recycling Centres have successfully diverted approximately 600 metric tonnes of recyclables per month from ending up in landfills, showcasing our commitment to environmental sustainability.

A Vision for a Cleaner Selangor

With a vision to become a leading waste management company dedicated to a cleaner and healthier Selangor, KDEBWM’s mission is to provide integrated solid waste management solutions. We leverage technology and community engagement to create a more environmentally friendly Selangor.

Established in 1996 as a subsidiary of the Selangor State Government through Menteri Besar Selangor Incorporated (MBI Selangor), DEBWM began active operations in 2016 in Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK) as a pilot project. Today, we manage an impressive daily average of about 7,000 tonnes of waste, establishing ourselves as a prominent waste management company in Malaysia.”

“We are definitely making progress, but there’s still more to be done if we are to attain our low-carbon future. To that end, we have already begun.”

Ahadi Mohd Nasir, General Manager, Subsidiary Management and Project Delivery KDEB Waste Management
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