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KUALA LUMPUR: PLUS Malaysia Bhd’s headquarters Persada PLUS has bagged a One Diamond award from Malaysia Sustainable Energy Development Authority’s (SEDA) 2018 Low Carbon Buildings Assessment recently.

PLUS became the first highway concessionaire in the country to receive such award.

The company said the recognition was given to organisations which have successfully implemented electricity consumption exercises via renewable energy and reduced carbon dioxide emission to preserve environment.

All buildings were judged and selected based on their annual carbon dioxide emissions reduction percentage which leads to electricity energy consumption.

In 2018, PLUS said it had reduced carbon dioxide emission of 6.75 per cent, equivalent to 286.78 tonnes of carbon dioxide and an energy savings of 413,228 kWh at Persada PLUS through the installation of Variable Speed Drive (VSD) for air conditioning systems.

Others include reducing the usage time of air conditioning systems, developing solar photovoltaic technology, implementing de-lamping (reducing/ relocate the use of fluorescent lamps in adequate lighting locations and lighting not required) and installing motion sensor lighting system in toilets and prayer rooms.

Managing director Datuk Azman Ismail said this is yet another milestone for PLUS in its efforts to optimise the use of Green Technology in preserving the environment for the firm’s staff and the surrounding communities.

“Our RoadMap will also see PLUS introducing solar photovoltaic panels as other rest areas such as the Sungai Buloh overhead bridge restaurant, Ayer Keroh overhead bridge restaurant, Dengkil R&R (both bounds), Gurun R&R (both bounds), Gunung Semanggol R&R (southbound), Tapah R&R (both bounds) and Ayer Keroh R&R (northbound) within the next five years,” he said in a statement.

The PLUS Green RoadMap started when PLUS launched the first solar-powered electric vehicle charging station in the country at the Ayer Keroh overhead bridge restaurant (southbound) in December 2018 and transformed the Machap (northbound) R&R as the first R&R in Malaysia to use photovoltaic solar system in April this year.

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