Pushing the green game
WITH concerns on the impact of climate change, energy transition will continue to increase in importance as investors prioritise environmental, social and governance factors.
Locally, there is another incentive for the corporate sector to use “green electricity” following the recently introduced Corporate Green Power Programme with a total quota of 600 megawatts (MW).
Under this programme, solar energy producers looking to sell renewable energy (RE) to corporate clients based on mutually agreed pricing can apply for a quota to do this come this Monday. Allocations close on Dec 31, 2022 or until the quota has been distributed.
At 600MW, the allocation is significant. More excitingly, it is an avenue for potential corporate consumers to lock up green certificates for a longer duration of time.
By year-end, Bursa Malaysia is slated to launch a voluntary carbon market exchange, which will enable companies to purchase voluntary carbon credits from climate-friendly projects and solutions.
Malaysia is slowly, but surely, making progress as it looks to reach net-zero by 2050. However, corporations have their part to play.,
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A report dated Nov 1 on sustainability by Maybank Investment Bank (Maybank IB) Research notes that Asean countries and companies seem to lag in their drive to net zero – which is the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere.
It made this observation following a study using its net-zero tracker, which provides a list of 2,000 publicly-traded companies globally by revenue.
In the case of Malaysia, Maybank IB notes that 10 companies with a cumulative revenue of US$57bil (RM270.6bil) have declared a net-zero target by 2050.
Of these, only three have set an interim target. Six out of the 10 companies are banks, which are important agents of change in nudging companies to advance their green transition.
Over in Singapore, 12 companies (with a cumulative revenue of RM973.1bil) have declared a net-zero target by 2050. Most of them, the research firm says, have given interim targets for 2030 or 2040, plus have detailed plans and reporting mechanisms.
The risk of PN17
TWO notable companies slipped into the Practice Note 17 (PN17) category this week. The two companies – Alam Maritim Resources Bhd and KNM Group Bhd – used to generate a lot of investor interest in their heydays on the back of promising prospects. So what happened?
In the case of Alam Maritim, the stock was deemed a PN17 issuer after its external auditor, Baker Tilly Monteiro Heng PLT, expressed a disclaimer of opinion in the group’s audited financial statements for the financial period from Jan 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.,