Sarawak Energy and Curtin University Malaysia are partnering on a joint research project into energy efficiency and energy management in green architecture to promote prudent energy management and efficiency, reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing the workspace environment for occupants.
The research effort will explore via an open innovation model the energy efficient building performance of Sarawak Energy’s premises which is supported by Sarawak’s predominantly green electricity. Menara Sarawak Energy, the company’s headquarters in Kuching, is the first certified green building in East Malaysia.
Both parties signed an agreement yesterday to commit to the research collaboration involving an integrated analysis of energy consumption, indoor environmental quality, and occupant satisfaction in Sarawak Energy’s premises. The research focus will be on improving energy efficiency in all the buildings, some of which were built decades ago before there was a green architecture movement.
The signatories were Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili, Sarawak Energy Group Chief Executive Officer; George A.W. Chapman, Sarawak Energy General Manager for Legal; Prof. Simon Leunig, Curtin University Malaysia’s Pro-Vice Chancellor, President and Chief Executive, and Prof. Vincent Lee Chieng Chen, Curtin University Malaysia’s Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor.
Also present from Sarawak Energy were Dr. Mak Met, Senior Vice President for Human Resources, and Dr. Ng Sing Muk, General Manager for Research and Development.
Curtin representatives included Fiona Notley, Curtin University Chief Operating Officer from Perth; Ir. Pieter Willem Pottas, Curtin Malaysia’s Chief Operating Officer; Prof. Tuong-Thuy Vu, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Science; Prof. Andreas Zins, Dean of Faculty of Business; Prof. Agus Saptoro, Deputy Dean of Research and Development and the research project leader; Ir. Meheron Selowara Joo, project team member; Assoc. Prof. Garenth Lim King Hann, Head of Intelligent System, Design and Control Research Cluster, Faculty of Engineering and Science; and Dr. Oladokun Nafiu Olaniyi representing the Faculty of Business’ Associate Dean of Research and Development.
In his speech, Sharbini said that the collaboration demonstrated Sarawak Energy’s ongoing commitment to improve sustainability in its business and operations.
Sarawak Energy Berhad (Sarawak Energy), is both an energy development company and a vertically integrated electricity utility with a vision to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity for Sarawak by meeting the region’s need for reliable, renewable energy. With a multidisciplinary workforce comprising about 5,400 employees, Sarawak Energy serves 740,000 customers and a population of almost 3 million across the state.
Building on a strong foundation of 100 years as an effective utility company, Sarawak Energy is taking bold steps to support the transformation of Sarawak in its vision to become a developed state by the year 2030. In line with our broader roles and responsibilities, Sarawak Energy has embarked on a massive transformation journey since 2010, to advance from a traditional utility company into a modern and agile corporation.
Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) is Curtin University’s earliest and largest global campus and hub in ASEAN, established as the first foreign branch campus in East Malaysia in 1999. It is majority-owned by the Sarawak Government and managed and operated in partnership with Curtin University by a locally-incorporated company, Curtin (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
Curtin Malaysia offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses identical to those offered at its parent campus in Perth. It also offers courses at pre-university level that feed directly into its undergraduate programs, as well as professional training and short courses. It currently has about 4,000 students from over 50 countries and teaching staff from 15 countries further strengthen its international outlook. In 2010, Curtin Malaysia was granted self-accreditation status by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), and continues to be rated Tier Five (Excellent) in the SETARA Ratings, and in the discipline-based D-SETARA Ratings for its engineering programs. For more information, visit curtin.edu.my