KUALA LUMPUR: The Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry has drawn up a law to mandate energy efficiency to enhance the programmes currently run by the government.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui, said the draft was now in the Attorney-General's Chambers, with the bill expected to be tabled next year.
"This is not something new as such laws are in existent in many countries," he said yesterday.
Speaking after closing the World Engineering, Science and Technology Congress (Estcon2012) here, Chin said there would be a grace period after the law was passed in Parliament.
"We will have voluntary participation until the people get into the habit," he added.
Revealing some of the details considered by the Government under the law, Chin said incandescent light bulbs would be banned and the mandatory import of energy efficient refrigerators.
"The use of inefficient technologies will also not be approved."
Chin noted that if energy efficiency was practised, the building of power plants could be avoided thus saving billions of ringgit.
Earlier, Chin said Malaysia has been implementing green buildings initiative.
"We started off with our Green Building Index, which was focused on energy efficiency," he said.
"We have also developed a comprehensive index to include carbon emission and the low carbon cities framework (LCCF), which is a tool to compute carbon emissions in a particular development."
LCCF, he said, could be used by developers to compute their carbon emissions using the design parameters.