Shell Malaysia Continues Commitment To Reduce Carbon Emissions From Retail Operations
Shell Malaysia has an ongoing commitment to reduce carbon emissions from its retail operations as part of its goal of being progressive with cleaner energy solutions. This initiative involves implementing ‘green’ solutions in its stations. The Shell Mint Hotel station is one of such stations and it has become the first petrol station in Malaysia to be awarded the Provisional Gold Standard by Green Building Index (GBI).
The Shell Mint Hotel station is integrated with a multifaceted approach of combining both renewable energy (RE) and energy-efficient (EE) innovations that meet the GBI Gold Standard requirements. For example, the roof of the station is fitted with Photo Voltaic (PV) panels that can generate almost 90,575 kWh of electricity per year, which is enough to power an average of 382 households per month1. The electricity generated by the solar panels are also able to reduce the station’s carbon emission by 62.8 tonnes per annum, which is equivalent to saving 1,118 trees2.
To further reduce the station’s usage of water from municipal systems, a rainwater harvesting system is utilised to collect and store rainwater for the station’s facilities. The water conservation system coupled, with efficient waterflow fittings, saves approximately 167,749 gallons of water per year, equivalent to supplying water to 24 households for a month3.
Another feature at the Shell Mint Hotel station is its food waste composting machine that converts food waste into fertilizer. The station is capable of collecting about 30 kg of food waste every day and convert it into approximately 6 kg of fertilizer. This equates to 2,190 kg of fertilizer in a year, which can fertilize up to 4,000 potted plants4. Other low carbon innovations include energy-efficient air conditioners and chillers, recycling facilities and a smart LED lighting system at the forecourt.
In addition, Shell has in January 2021 reached another milestone in its journey to lower carbon emissions in its mobility operations by installing solar panels at 100 of its petrol stations in Malaysia. Together with Cleantech Solar, Shell had installed solar panels at an additional 51 stations by May 2021. With a total of 15,929 solar PV panels and a total capacity of 7.17-megawatt peak (MWp) installed on the stations’ roofs, this is enough to power 1,853 households per year. These 151 solar-powered Shell stations will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4,448 tonnes per year, equivalent to planting 79,185 trees2.
Currently, Shell has 3 GBI-certified sites while 5 other stations are being assessed for GBI certification. In its pursuit to mitigate the company’s carbon emissions, Shell aims to have a total of 300 solar-powered and 40 GBI certified sites by 2021.
“At Shell, we are committed to our purpose to power progress by providing more and cleaner energy solutions. Shell Mint Hotel Station is our latest milestone towards fulfilling this commitment. By powering Malaysia with cleaner energy and innovation mobility solutions, Shell hopes to mobilise the energy sector and increase its efficiency by offering products and services with lower carbon emissions. We must all come together to ensure a greener future.” said Shairan Huzani Husain, Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd and Shell Timur Sdn Bhd Managing Director.
Shell’s commitment to making life’s journeys better for its customers and the communities it operates in is reflected in its dedication to reducing carbon emissions by Reusing, Recycling and Repurposing. Its innovative low carbon initiatives include Shell Recharge as well as the Reverse Vending Machine at its stations.
The Shell Recharge EV charging bays are currently available at 7 locations i.e. Shell Mint Hotel, Sunway Medical Centre, iOi City Mall, Lot 10, Sunway Pyramid, Sunway Velocity and 163 Retail Park Mont Kiara. The Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles / Electric Vehicles (PHEV/EV) charging bays can be booked using the ParkEasy mobile app (iOS and Android).
To further enhance the electric mobility experience in the country, Shell and Porsche Asia Pacific recently announced the implementation of Southeast Asia’s first cross-border high performance charging (HPC) network with 12 charge points at 6 Shell stations strategically located along Malaysia’s North-South highway. This will offer EV drivers smoother and more convenient travel between Singapore and Penang.
Moreoever, the innovative Reverse Vending Machines (Klean Machines) at Shell Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Shell SKVE Serdang (Kajang-bound) allow customers to be rewarded 1 BonusLink point per PET plastic bottle or aluminum can recycled at the machine. The recyclables collected are then transported to authorised recycling centers, thus preventing deeper landfill pollution. Within 2 months of launch, more than 5,000 plastic bottles and aluminium cans were collected. Shell is currently working on plans to bring Klean Machines to more Shell stations.
In 2021, Shell will focus on its Powering Progress strategy which supports its purpose to power progress by providing more and cleaner energy solutions, and to accelerate the transition of its business to net-zero emissions. It wants to be an energy provider that carries a sustainable and responsible business model.
For more updates and information on other Shell initiatives, please visit www.shell.com.my
- 1 household uses 232 kWh per month (Source. Tenaga Nasional Berhad)
- A typical tree absorbs between 30kg to 60kg of carbon dioxide, depending on its location. (Source: Calculated via a carbon dioxide calculator at www.mgtc.gov.my)
- 1 household uses 20,000 liters of water per month (Source: Air Selangor)
- 1 potted plant uses an average of 0.5kg to 1.5kg of fertilizer. (Source: Texas A&M Agrilife Extension)