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KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 (Bernama) -- A country's rapid economic development accompanied by their adoption of higher environmental standards can be an effective way to face climatic change, says an energy expert and former top climate negotiator for India.

Although it seemed a route off the usual course for the protection of the environment, Ambassador Chandrashekhar Dasgupta, Distinguished Fellow at The Energy Research Institute (TERI) of India, contends how developed nations coped better with environmental disasters than less developed countries.

Read more: Rapid Development The Way To Face Climate Change, Says Energy Expert

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TNB to call for tender for the project in Putrajaya soon

PETALING JAYA: Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has completed the pre-qualification tender process for Malaysia's first solar power plant to be located in Putrajaya. The utility will “very soon” call for tenders for the project that is estimated to cost some RM60mil, according to TNB president and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh.

The plant's generating capacity may be too small to make the profit-minded or renewable energy advocates jump, but it marks a major step forward in the country's drive to harness renewable energy sources to wean itself from an over-reliance on fossil fuels, which will run out one day, and its impact on climate change.

In an interview with StarBiz, Che Khalib said the solar power plant would take 12 months for completion and would be located in the buffer zone of an existing power station in Putrajaya.

Read more: Malaysia's first solar power plant

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KUALA LUMPUR: It is not going to be an easy feat for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to voluntarily reduce emission intensity of GDP by up to 40%, former Ireland president Mary Robinson said.

“I am glad to see that Malaysia is looking to position itself on a low-carbon growth path,” said Robinson, who was also the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Read more: Tough job to balance reducing emissions against development

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