9 June 2015

Malaysian government announces impressive green public procurement target

The national government of Malaysia has set ambitious sustainable development targets, including committing to 20 percent of all government procurement being green by 2020. Unveiled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Raza, the proposed reforms are outlined in the document the 11th Malaysia Plan, which covers the period 2016 – 2020.

Through embracing green procurement, the government hopes to encourage greater sustainability within the private sector and stimulate production of green products and services. "Government Green Procurement (GGP) will be made mandatory for all government ministries and agencies. The GGP will create the demand for green products and services, encouraging industries to raise the standard and quality of their products to meet green requirements," states the document.

The document also sets a target of 40 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared to 2005 levels and mandates that a comprehensive national disaster risk management policy be formulated. The plan additionally states that the government will upgrade the country's flood forecasting and warning system.

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