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Singapore’s CRX Partners with Malaysian University for Carbon Projects

In the latest developments in the carbon market, Malaysian University – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Singapore-based Climate Resources Exchange International (CRX) have collaborated by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to spearhead carbon-related projects in Malaysia. This alliance is poised to help both countries leverage their expertise to address the pressing climate challenges.

Unlocking Advantages of the CRX-UTM Partnership in Malaysia

Singapore-based CRX is a carbon management consultancy firm dealing with renewable projects, carbon profiling, carbon offsetting, and carbon trading.

The MoU was signed by the UTM Vice-Chancellor, Professor. Datuk Fauzi and the CEO of CRX, Mr. Vinod Kesava towards the end of March. This collaboration is expected to change the carbon economy of Malaysia.

Mr. Vinod Kesava has highly applauded the partnership and has said,

 “It is our great privilege and honor to collaborate with UTM in addressing the climate emergency and provide credible and pragmatic solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Carbon finance is a critical element in developing robust projects with clear and transparent methodologies for monitoring, reporting, and verification. This cooperation paves the roadmap forward for accelerating initiatives created by putting our heads together and working as one.”

We note them down below:

Fulfill Commitments to the Paris Agreement

One key goal of this partnership is to produce carbon credits in Malaysia, aligning with the nation’s Paris Agreement commitments and net-zero targets. These credits will flow through Malaysia’s voluntary carbon market (VCM) exchange- the Bursa Carbon Exchange (BCX).

(BCX is a shariah-compliant multi-environmental product exchange that facilitates the trading of high-quality carbon credits via standardized carbon contracts.)

Introducing Climate-Friendly Solutions

Both organizations will primarily focus on climate-friendly solutions like:

  • Harnessing blue carbon from oceanic areas
  • Building large-scale afforestation projects
  • Inducting technology in agricultural activities- For example, producing biochar from agricultural waste via controlled pyrolysis.

Malaysia’s forests play a crucial role in reducing climate impact by sequestering approximately 259 MtCO2e annually. This is achieved legally by conserving the forests and demarking protected areas for national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

Paving the road for EVs.

With the EV revolution happening globally, CRX plans to ramp from EV infrastructure in Malaysia through its registered Electric Vehicle Accelerator (EVA) Grouped Project Activity. Malaysian EV operators will join EVA and generate revenue from carbon credits through their involvement.

Forging a Joint Effort Towards Carbon Credit Development

    • According to McKinsey Nature Analytics, the country has a carbon crediting potential of up to 40 MT of CO2 annually through Nature-based solutions (NBS) projects. This is equivalent to 3% of the global NBS potential.

The collective expertise and resources of academia and industry have the potential to pave the way for a more sustainable future. CRX and the Malaysian university will pool their resources to create premium carbon credits. They would adhere to both compliance and voluntary market regulations through the procurement of carbon finance.

Late last year the organizations had agreed to bolster collaboration in renewable energy. Well, this partnership is an extension of the previous agreement that promised proper carbon capture, utilization, and storage. The expected output would be the generation of high-quality carbon credits in the Malaysian economy.

The CRX-UTM Collaboration: Powering Malaysia’s Net-Zero Drive

Malaysia strongly believes in robust collaboration between government, businesses, academia, and society to propel its net-zero ambition. UTM has supported the Malaysian government’s vision and has established an innovative sustainability agenda known as the UTM Sustainability Blueprint. It serves as a roadmap for sustainable practices within the university.

Professor Datuk Fauzi, Vice-Chancellor of UTM has noted,

“The partnership with CRX is a testament to unwavering commitment to tackling climate change and achieving net-zero emissions. Together, we are creating an unstoppable force that will drive global and local efforts to combat this urgent threat and shape a sustainable future for our planet.”

Furthermore, joining forces with a global brand renders significant recognition for the Malaysian University. CRX’s extensive expertise in international carbon trading offers UTM vast opportunities to engage in carbon credit projects. It will further give the institution exposure to industry stakeholders and governmental agencies in Malaysia.

As discussed by eminent leaders in academia, the collaborative activities between UTM and CRX will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and research aimed at effectively addressing the impact of climate change.

The innovative carbon projects will catalyze the emergence of new industries and business opportunities. This, in turn, could contribute to job creation and economic diversification, positioning both Singapore and Malaysia as leaders in the global transition to a low-carbon economy.

All in all, these collaborative activities will bolster Malaysia’s ambition to become a net-zero country by 2050.

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