Climate Governance Malaysia Showcase
at Climate Week New York
Malaysia’s tropical forest ecosystems are a vital carbon reserve, removing some 250 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and supporting incredible biodiversity – but 3.9 million hectares have been cleared for oil palm plantations since 1990.
Although this has helped to meet global demand for products from lipstick to pizza dough and brought greater prosperity to the country, de-forestation has also depleted Malaysia’s forests as carbon sinks and havens for wildlife.
With the right investment and approach to conservation, though, Malaysian forests can make an important contribution towards the Paris Agreement target of limiting increase in global temperature to 2c above pre-industrial times.
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SEARRP is widely regarded as the most influential rainforest research programme in the Old World Tropics and Danum Valley, one of the top centres of its kind globally. SEARRP supports a multi-disciplinary programme of research – much of which focuses on human impacts on forests including logging, fragmentation by plantation development and climate change.
SEARRP science is delivered through numerous studies by individual scientists and a number of major strategic projects managed by SEARRP including the Sabah Biodiversity Experiment (a large-scale forest restoration study), the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project (a landscape-level fragmentation project) and the Smithsonian 50 hectare permanent sample plot (which focuses on forest dynamics and the influence of a changing climate).
Sime Darby Plantations
Sime Darby Plantation is the world’s largest oil palm plantation company by planted area, producing more than 3 percent of the global CPO output. It is also the world’s largest producer of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), with a CSPO production of 2.496 million MT.
As a globally integrated plantation company, Sime Darby Plantation is involved in the full spectrum of the palm oil value chain, from upstream to downstream activities, R&D, renewables and agribusiness. Its upstream operations which consist predominantly of oil palm cultivation, harvesting and milling are spread across Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
Its downstream business, known as Sime Darby Oils, spanning across 16 countries worldwide, involves the manufacturing as well as the sales and marketing of oils and fats products, oleochemicals, palm oil-based biodiesel, nutraceuticals and other derivatives. Sime Darby Plantation is also involved in rubber and sugarcane plantations, as well as cattle rearing.
With a workforce of over 94,000 employees and a strong focus on operational excellence, research, innovation and sustainability, Sime Darby Plantation is one of the largest companies on Bursa Malaysia.
Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC) was established in 2012 to restore tropical rainforests and address the critical rate of biodiversity loss in Malaysia. TRCRC’s Mission is two-fold: to preserve tropical rainforest plant species and lead landscape-wide protection and reforestation projects throughout the country.
Established in 1974, Sunway Group is one of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates with core interests in real estate, construction, education and healthcare, with a unique build-own-operate business model.
Our 16,000-strong team across 50 locations worldwide is committed to transformative growth and sustainable progress through our 13 business divisions namely real estate, construction, retail, hospitality, leisure, healthcare, education, trading and manufacturing, building materials, quarrying, investment and financial services, Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) as well as digital.
We are committed to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and continue to align our business strategies towards minimising environmental impact, and advancing economic and social progress. For more information, log on to www.sunway.com.my.
Lendlease is a leading international property and infrastructure group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Our vision is to create the best places; places that inspire and enrich the lives of people around the world. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Lendlease has approximately 12,350 employees internationally. Our core capabilities are reflected in our operating segments of Development, Construction, and Investments.
Lendlease has operated in Malaysia for over 35 years creating innovative and sustainable property solutions and delivering for our clients, investors, and communities.