Honda Malaysia’s plant in Pegoh, Alor Gajah, was recently selected to host the Environmental Management & Pollution Control training course by the Environment Institute of Malaysia (EiMAS). More than 15 participants, which consisted of representitatives from Singapore, Cambodia, Bhutan, Laos, and 8 OIC member states attended the course, observing the Honda Pegoh Plant’s waste management practice and systems.
Encik Azhar Abdul Wahab, Senior General Manager of the chosen manufacturing plant said that it is part of Honda’s culture to address global concern in providing a better future for the next generation. “Honda Malaysia has placed its emphasis of realizing green factory concept since its inception in 2002,” said Encik Azhar.
Besides benefitting from a bout of knowledge sharing, the participants were also given a factory tour specifically aimed at showing them Honda’s practices in managing waste disposal.
Ms. Thinley Dem from Bhutan shared her first time experience in the training: “This is the first time I am seeing a waste management system and I am impressed with the environmental centered rules that are in place.” Dem, an Executive Engineer, was pleased that she could apply the learning in her own country.
Ms. Roshadah binti Hashim, Principal Assistant Director of the Corporate Communications Centre from EiMAS reiterated the objective of the course, which is to provide an avenue for learning. “We hope the participants would bring the knowledge back to their country and practice it for the betterment of the environment, just like how we initially learned from other developed countries”.
Honda Malaysia actively runs and integrates various Environmental Management Programmes (EMP) in their factory, with one new initiative introduced yearly. Among measures started from these programes include a Waste Water Treatment Plant that recycles waste water for generic cleaning (i.e. mopping the floors!). A sludge dryer dries high moisture waste prior to disposal, and any excess food goes into the Food Waste Machine to be reprocessed into organic substances which are good as fertilizers.
“We see our participation in this initiative of EiMAS as important because it is in line with Honda Malaysia’s priority, which is to contribute in creating a more sustainable environment. We certainly look forward to participate in such initiatives again,” En. Azhar shared encouragingly.