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AIT Partners with AECCSB and ESSB, Malaysia for Sustainable Development Initiatives

06 Feb 2024
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By AIT Public Affairs

6 February, 2024: In a significant step toward sustainable development and environmental innovation, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with prominent Malaysian companies AE Carbon Capital Sdn Bhd (AECCSB) and Envirostar Sdn Bhd (ESSB). These agreements, signed on 6 February, signify a new era of collaboration centered on green technology and sustainable environmental practices.

Signing ceremony

The MoU between AIT and AE Carbon Capital Sdn Bhd (AECCSB) is geared towards fostering collaboration in two key areas. Firstly, it aims to address the challenges posed by Industry 4.0 by facilitating cooperation in retraining and upskilling the workforce in Malaysia to adapt to automation and technological advancements. This involves integrating ICT, green technology, AI, and robotics into education and training systems to produce highly skilled workers and promote lifelong learning. Secondly, the MoU seeks to enhance capacity building for transformative sanitation technology in Malaysia and ASEAN countries, including joint efforts in research, data collection, feasibility analysis, and implementation of innovative sanitation solutions under the Global Water and Sanitation Center (GWSC) initiative. Overall, the MoU emphasizes project development to implement advanced technologies for effective environmental management in the region.

The MoU between AIT and ESSB aims to facilitate collaboration for project development and expertise exchange in various research projects, including implementing data collection methods, monitoring methodology, and recommending a smart EV garbage collection system in Penang. The goal is to engineer a cost-effective smart EV waste collection system that meets public health standards and contributes to Penang’s vision of becoming a green and smart city by 2030. The focus will be on utilizing digital technologies for efficient municipal solid waste management in the region.

Dr. Roger Levermore, Vice President for Development at AIT, warmly welcomed the delegates and expressed unwavering support for these initiatives. He highlighted AIT’s commitment to business development in sustainable sectors and described the partnership as a prototype for the planet’s future.

Dr. Roger Levermore
Dr. Roger Levermore
Mr. Victor Yeow
Mr. Victor Yeow

Mr. Victor Yeow, CEO of AE Carbon Capital Group, shared insights into how Thai society’s emphasis on recycling inspired changes in Malaysia. He commended the collaboration with AIT for its focus on modern technology in solid waste management and efficient, cost-effective solutions, such as transitioning to EV for waste collection.

The event witnessed the participation of various AIT officials and members from AECCSB and ESSB. The discussions centered around the importance of collaboration in areas such as data exchange, capacity building, project development, and technology integration in environmental management.

Representing AECCSB and ESSB were Mr. Paitoon Onsiri, Chief Technical Officer, AE Carbon Capital Group; Mr. Chalong Sutapradidh, Executive Director, AE Carbon Capital Sdn. Bhd.; and Mr. Vitaya Panichpong, Director, AE Carbon Capital Group. AIT attendees included Prof. Sangam Shrestha, Dean SET and Co-Director, GWSC; Prof. Abdul Salam, Dean, SERD; Prof. Thammarat Koottatep, Professor of EEM program and Co-Director of GWSC; Dr. Pisut Koomsap, Assoc. Professor, ISE Department; Dr. Kavinda Gunasekara, Manager | Chief Operating Officer, GWSC; Mr. Shawn Kelly, Executive Director, OIPA; Dr. Sumana Shrestha, Director, International Affairs, OIPA; Mr. Sanjeet Amatya, Director, Public Affairs, OIPA; and Ms. Indra Kumari, Senior Program Officer, International Affairs, OIPA. 

These partnerships are a milestone in AIT’s efforts to promote sustainable development and environmental stewardship in the region. The agreements with AE Carbon Capital and Envirostar represent not just contractual commitments but are blueprints for a greener and technologically advanced future in Asia.

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