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MALIAU BASIN: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said certain Western critics of Malaysia’s oil palm industry were taking a narrow view of the issue when they ignore the benefits of the industry to those who depend on it for their livelihood.

“The critics fail to understand we have a responsibility to our people who depend on oil palm and this does not include smallholders and companies.

Read more: What we do for environs is SAFE, says Najib

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WITH leading multinational corporations at the forefront to lease green office space, the demand for green buildings in Malaysia will continue to rise as environmental awareness grows and more companies embrace the practice of corporate social responsibility.

Another driver is the growing body of evidence demonstrating that green buildings make financial sense.

CB Richard Ellis (Malaysia) vice-president research, Nabeel Hussain says there is growing recognition that key participants in the country's real estate sector have a responsibility to adopt sustainable building practices and related technologies in order to play a pro-active role in climate change mitigation.

Read more: Demand for green buildings on the rise

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PETALING JAYA: Although the commercial shipping sector accounts for only 3.3% of global carbon emissions from the industrial sector, the industry should not complacent in its effort to be “greener”, said Maritime Institute of Malaysia senior fellow Nazery Khalid.

“Concerns over carbon emissions have emerged as a key driver which is reshaping the way industry players think, plan, invest and operate.

“There is growing pressure for the sector to clean up its act amid growing demand for maritime-related services such as shipping, port operations, shipbuilding, ship repairing and a host of other ancillary services.

“Players in the maritime sector simply cannot maintain the status quo and hope for the problem of global warming to go away.

“As demand for services in the maritime sector grows in line with growing global seaborne trade, offshore oil and gas activities and other economic activities that require ships, ports and other maritime components, emissions from the sector is expected to rise,” he toldStarBiz.

Read more: Pressure on shipping sector to clean up act

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