The government will continue to support the use of solid waste to produce renewable energy sources to generate electricity through the ‘waste to wealth’ concept.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili said so far, the electricity generation using solid waste had produced seven megawatts of electricity.
“A total of 25.4 megawatts of electricity produced from solid waste is yet to be distributed because it has not been approved.
“With the cooperation of all stakeholders including relevant ministries, we support the generation of electricity using solid waste through the ‘waste to wealth’ concept,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh (BN-Sabak Bernam) in the Dewan Rakyat Wednesday.
Mohd Fasiah had wanted to know on the government’s efforts to utilise solid waste to generate electricity.
To another supplementary question from Dr Tan Seng Giaw (DAP-Kepong) on the percentage of renewable energy in the country, Ongkili said Malaysia had 14 per cent so far.
“Following the decision by ASEAN Energy Ministers last month that all kinds of hydropower will be categorised as renewable energy, had increased the percentage from about six to 14.
“Malaysia’s target is to achieve 23 per cent renewable energy status by 2025 and we are confident that the target can be reached,” he said.