Petron Malaysia Group1 (Petron) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) are collaborating to advance environmental sustainability initiatives, focusing on biodiversity conservation and circular economy practices. Project initiatives include the Port Dickson Green Lung carbon sequestration and waste repurposing efforts.
The Port Dickson Green Lung project covers 400 acres within the vicinity of the Petron Port Dickson Refinery. This land area is equivalent to more than 6 Narendra Modi Stadiums, the world’s largest cricket stadium located in India. Thus, enhancing the biodiversity mix here, and making the area an effective natural carbon sink to absorb carbon from the atmosphere will improve the air quality for the local communities in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.
Meanwhile, UPM is also studying the conversion of Bio-sulphur waste from the refinery into fertiliser additives, and exploring waste reformulation from Petron’s Palm Oil Methyl Ester (PME) plant to promote a circular economy approach to waste management.
“Forests are natural habitats that provide invaluable ecosystem management like climate and water regulation. At Petron, we balance our efforts to support the country’s economic development with our commitment to embed sustainable business practices into every facet of our operations. Collaborating with UPM for the Port Dickson Green Lung project and solid waste studies demonstrates our focused efforts towards biodiversity conservation and circular economy. This aligns with our environmental philosophy which is to ‘Protect our Environment Today for a Better Tomorrow’,” said Pn. Faridah Ali, General Manager of the Petron Malaysia Group.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Petron and UPM symbolises their joint commitment to fostering a healthier and more ecologically rich environment to tackle climate change. Leveraging their expertise and resources, both parties aim to drive feasible studies and projects in research, education, and other relevant fields.
UPM, as a leading Green Campus in Malaysia, shares the commitment to environmental sustainability aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Its partnership with Petron supports SDGs 13, 15, and 17, which cover Climate Action, Life on Land, and Partnerships for the Goals.
1 Petron Malaysia Group comprises Petron Malaysia Refining & Marketing Bhd and its sister companies, Petron Fuel International Sdn Bhd and Petron Oil (M) Sdn Bhd.