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A very happy new year to all!

We’re thrilled to have a new logo. Designed by Anne Azhar, she has thoughtfully selected our national bird with a hint of leaves to represent our flora and fauna. Read more about our logo here.

Primers for Climate Governance is a series of 3 webinars, starting with the Primer on Climate Governance Principles on 15 January 2021, to be followed by a Primer on Reporting and Disclosure and finally, a Primer on Climate Ambitions of Trading Partners.

Stay tuned for details of other webinars planned for this quarter, including the World Economic Forum’s first ever Global Summit on Climate Governance.

Finally, hot on the heels of our webinar during Climate Week New York (watch it again here), there are also 2 showcases of what we think are a selection of our best environmental NGOs. They are doing incredible work in protecting our mega-biodiversity, all in line with SDG14 Life on Land and SDG15 Life Below Water, which are Agenda 2030 goals which all nations in the world have committed to working tirelessly to meet. The first showcase will be on 19 January 2021 and the next will be on 23 March 2021.

Corporations looking to reduce their carbon footprint have a great opportunity for investing in the greening activities of these eNGOs. Listen to them and we hope very much you will decide to support them.

We have organised for over 40 events to-date entirely manned by volunteers who are our founding members and secretariat but will need some funds to maintain this momentum and have just started our membership drive.

Membership for individuals will remain free of charge (by subscribing for our newsletter) but we are inviting corporates to sign up in support of this important initiative.

Do email us at climategm@icdm.com.my if you would like to support us.

Upcoming Webinars

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19 January 2021 5pm-6:15pm

Life On Land: Conservation Efforts in Malaysia

3 trailblazing NGOs share their experience with conservation of wild orang utans (in a mixed forest / agriculture landscape), hornbills, and caves and karsts.

Malaysia is a land of great natural beauty, rich with natural resources and mega-biodiversity. However much of this has come under attack from human activities and encroachment. With growing realisation amongst government, corporates and individuals of the damage we have inflicted, substantial efforts have been made to conserve what remains and to find harmony with nature in balance with economic development. Join our webinar to hear from 3 trailblazing NGOs on their experience in turning the tide.

Orang utans became critically endangered as forests in Malaysia and Indonesia were cleared for human uses, such as oil palm plantations over the last 40 years. In 2019, PONGO Alliance initiated a new approach to conservation that includes oil palm growers as active partners to create an environment where wild orang utans can coexist in mixed forest/agricultural landscapes. They are looking to expand this across the orang utan range in Borneo and Sumatra in the future.

8 out of 10 hornbill species face the threat of local extinction in Malaysia due to forest loss, habitat degradation and poaching. Malaysian Nature Society is at the forefront of hornbill conservation, working with policymakers and engaging the Orang Aslis (Malaysia’s indigenous people) as Hornbill Guardians.

Malaysia has extensive karst and cave structures across the country. Human activities and encroachment have destroyed some of these beautiful landscapes, along with their inherent biodiversity, paleontology and archaeology, and in certain cases have caused pollution and landslides. Malaysian Cave and Karst Conservancy was launched in 2015 to conduct research, promote awareness and to advocate conservation of our karst and cave systems.

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3 March 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm

Progressing from Sustainability to Climate Action in the Palm Oil Sector

Malaysia is one of the major producing and exporting countries of palm oil and palm oil products in the world and over the last few years, both sustainability and climate action have been the core principles in developing this new emerging economy.

Hence, we align with and recognise the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) Agenda 2030. Although it is not legally binding, Malaysia has adopted these SDGs as a primary framework to drive and attain higher sustainability commitment within the palm oil industry.

Such commitment has transpired primarily through the mandatory implementation of Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification along the palm oil supply chain since January 2020.

We have taken another leap by adopting policies on sustainable cultivation of oil palm in controlling the total planted area while banning the conversion of permanent forest reserves and new peatland areas for oil palm.

In addition, the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) has ventured into the biodiesel program since 2011 with the blending of 5% or B5 and has further enrolled towards B10 and higher blending rate. Such augmentation not only helps in reducing GHG emissions, but also indirectly diversifies our downstream products and subsequently stabilises the local CPO stock and price.

To further support the climate change action, MPIC through Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) has established the Malaysian Palm Oil Green Conservation Foundation (MPOGCF) to support conservation activities which reflect our commitment towards conserving our environment. Nevertheless, effort towards sustainability and climate change action in our palm industry will be further improved over the time.

The key to our success is premised on the continuous support, cooperation as well as commitment from all stakeholders to achieve the objectives set forth.

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Playback: ABCs of Climate Ready Boards

It seems fair to say that the increasing concern shown by governments, scientists, the media, investors, civil society groups and members of the public around the world towards climate change has not yet been matched by an equal sense of urgency in most boardrooms.

Yet climate change will have a significant impact on business operations and profitability as a result of both physical (eg, weather) and transition (eg, regulatory, taxation) risks. How should boards in Asia get ready for this upheaval? What new skills and capacity are needed in the boardroom and management? What lessons can Asian companies learn from efforts made by their peers in other parts of the world? And what, if anything, is likely to be different in Asia in terms of the physical impacts of climate change or the most effective way for companies to respond?

The founder and chair of CGM, Datin Sunita Rajakumar, participated in an ACGA workshop “ABCs of Climate Ready boards” on 16 December 2020 with the founder of the World Economic Forum’s Climate Governance Initiative Karina Litvack, also an Independent Director, Eni.

The moderator was Mr Benjamin McCarron, Managing Director, Asia Research & Engagement; Specialist Consultant, ACGA, Singapore

Listen to this conversation here.

About Climate Governance Malaysia

This newsletter highlights activities of Climate Governance Malaysia, the Malaysian Chapter of the World Economic Forum's Climate Governance Initiative.

Read our Climate Governance Initiative charter here.

Since its launch in May 2019, CGM has organised for over 40 events, seeking to close the gaps between established science, expectations of prudential regulators and understanding of boards of directors. CGM is virtually housed under the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia.

The climate crisis is visibly disrupting business. It is driving unprecedented physical impacts, such as rising sea levels and increased frequency of extreme weather events. At the same time, policy and technology changes that seek to limit warming and reduce the associated physical impacts can also cause great disruption to business.

As with any form of disruption, climate change is creating and will continue to create risks and opportunities for business in a diverse number of ways. Read more about this initiative here.

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