Shell Malaysia, through its ‘green’ initiative, has achieved another milestone by being the first player in the retail fuel industry in Asia Pacific to have certified ‘green’ retail fuel stations. Two of its stations, Shell Damansara Jaya and Shell Taman Connaught, are the pilot stations to receive the Green Building Index (GBI) certification, and can be officially termed as ‘green buildings’.
This initiative by this oil and gas company, which has a 128-year history in Malaysia, serves to achieve long-term sustainable and cleaner energy solutions. Some of the ‘green’ elements implemented in these two existing retail stations to achieve this certification include:
- installing a photovoltaic (PV) system on the station canopy for electricity generation,
- repainting the exterior walls and roofs white to reflect solar radiation to reduce overall interior temperature,
- replacing conventional lighting with LED lighting to lower electricity consumption,
- using an Energy Monitoring System (EMS) to monitor consumption of water and electricity, and allowing Shell to respond effectively to reduce unnecessary wastage,
- installing waterless urinals and water-saving taps in the restrooms to reduce usage by up to 60%,
- allocating a carpool bay to encourage ride sharing, and a green vehicle bay for hybrid / electric vehicles
The initiatives to reduce resource consumption are displayed on electronic boards in the retail area to highlight to Shell customers how much electricity and water the respective stations are not using, as well as how much it is offsetting by going ‘green’.
“We understand the crucial role that energy plays in helping people achieve and maintain a good quality of life. Therefore, we are always striving to look for new ways to provide cleaner energy solutions to make their life’s journeys better,” said Shairan Huzani Husain, Managing Director of Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd and Shell Timur Sdn Bhd.
“When the new category for the Retail Fuel industry was introduced (in the Green Building Index), we decided to put on our thinking caps to rethink and retrofit smart solutions and design elements into our stations. I am especially proud as we were able to achieve GBI certification for these two stations within six months,” Shairan added.
According to Shairan, the company has set a target to offset its energy consumption within its retail stations by up to 50% by 2025. This will involve implementing green initiatives at some of its over 950 retail stations nationwide, where practical. “For the environment, these effects allow us as consumers to do the least damage and help us to be bolder in our care for the environment,” Shairan explained.
“With the production and usage of energy so intrinsically tied to the planet’s well-being, we are looking at increased pressure on our resources. Therefore, there is a critical need for industry players to get more innovative in doing their part to balance both economics and ecology. Congratulations to Shell for achieving this GBI certification for two stations, showcasing the successful balancing of profit and planet when a company is truly committed,” said Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution bin Ismail, Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Malaysia.
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