Malaysia eyes German bio-energy technology

Malaysia may emulate Germany’s success story in developing bio-energy as it still lags in achieving its goal to use 11% renewable energy by 2020.

Deputy Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Mahdzir Khalid said Germany is a leader in the European Union in promoting green technology and Malaysia could follow its experience.

Currently, Malaysia’s usage of renewable energy comprising, solar, hydro, biomass, geothermal, bio-gas and wind, makes up only 0.8% or 119 megawatts supplied to the national power grid.

“We can all learn from the Germany experience, emulate and collaborate to contribute to the world community further in developing the bio-energy sector,” he said at the Bioenergy Symposium in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The highly-industrialised Germany managed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 24% and is the world’s third-largest market for renewable energy investment that totalled €19.5 billion (RM83.85 billion) in 2012.

Last year, the Malaysian palm oil industry produced 83 million dry tonnes of biomass and this is expected to increase to about 100 million tonnes by 2020.

These agricultural wastes could be recycled to produce bio-energy that could help slash carbon emission, said Mahdzir.

“Malaysia’s biggest potential in renewable energy today lies in bio-energy, in particular biomass. The palm oil industry is a perfect example of biomass that can lead us to be a forerunner in the region for a green economy,” he added.