Malaysian biomass programme to promote work with Europe
12 December 2011
Malaysia says it wants to export more biomass products to Europe under a new EU-funded deal. Currently RM300 million (€71.5 million) is exported to the region from Malaysia but the head of the EU delegation to Malaysia Vincent Piket says this estimate is only based on enquiries from Europe.
Under the initiative, 45 SMEs have been chosen to work under the EU-Malaysia Biomass Entrepreneurs Nurturing Programme which has been formed to promote long-term business and investment between the two regions.
Under the programme, training will be available for SMEs chosen that are working in the biocomposite, biofertiliser, biopellet, biocharcoal, biobriquette, biomass fibre, eco-product, biochemical, animal feed and green building material industries.
Piket says: `Investors also are interested in wood pellet production plant, biomass power plant and methane capture biogas projects.'
`The governments of EU nations and Malaysia are making good efforts in moving towards low carbon green growth. The European firms are world leaders in the ecological industry and we feel that the green technology sector is showing great potential in Malaysia.'
Representatives from 50 European companies are planning a trip to Malaysian to organise potential business deals.
`They will come to Malaysia to explore business and environmental collaborations with Malaysian biomass stakeholders, inclusive of SMEs and major biomass owners such as plantation companies and palm oil mills,' Piket adds.