Unilin partners TNB's unit to cut carbon footprint

KUALA LUMPUR: Unilin (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd has partnered with GSPARX Sdn Bhd (GSPARX), a subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), to reduce carbon footprint.

In a statement today, Unilin said the collaboration marks a significant milestone as it becomes the largest interior design and construction industry player in Kedah to migrate to solar systems.

GSPARX, with Solarvest Holdings Bhd as the clean energy partner, has completed installing solar panels on the rooftop of Unilin's manufacturing plant in Sungai Petani to generate 2,830.73 kilowatts peak (kWp) of solar capacity.

Thus, it is able to avoid the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the quantum of 1,348 metric tonnes per year, equivalent to planting 20,393 saplings for 10 years or carbon emissions from 274 vehicles per year on the road – towards environmental, social and governance (ESG).

The solar PV installations, under a 15-year supply agreement for renewable energy (SARE) agreement, will benefit from an estimated savings of RM11.02 million over 15 years.

Unilin plant manager Frank Poels said the company wants to create a sustainable future on three different levels - Planet Home, Your Home and Our Home.

He added that this can be translated into a very ambitious goals for all Unilin Group facilities as it wants to reach net zero, both climate and CO2 neutral, by 2025. 

"As of today, we as a group, are currently being powered by 43 per cent of renewable energy. 

"Aligned with the sustainability development goals, Unilin is actively investing and seeking into producing more green energy from its own facilities," he said.

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