PRESS RELEASE 2018
ASIAWATER 2018, Second Technical Site Visit - Thursday, 18 January 2018
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 - UBM Malaysia, the organiser of ASIAWATER 2018 - The region's Leading Water and Wastewater Event in Developing Asia - organised its second Technical Site Visit to the Pantai 2 Regional Sewage Treatment Plant (RSTP) with the support from Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK). A press conference was also held at the same location. Read more here.
'CSR Beyond Corporate Image' - The Star Online, 27 October 2017
DIGNITARIES of various industries had the opportunity to explore potential sustainability partnerships with non-governmental organisations and foundations during a high-tea event.
Themed “CSR Beyond Corporate Image”, the afternoon soiree at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur was hosted by United Business Media (UBM) Malaysia and Water Air Food Awards (Wafa).
Corporations learnt about Wafa, and more importantly, the initiatives by pioneers across the globe who created and implemented sustainable, scalable and replicable solutions in the field of water, air and food.
This would allow companies to collaborate with specific project partners looking to replicate their projects to solve global problems and empower local communities in other countries.
Wafa was established in 2008 to focus on new innovative solutions aimed at ending hunger, preserving clean air and providing access to clean water.
It also acknowledges exceptional pioneers and hopes to share their stories across multiple platforms for a global reach.
UBM Malaysia co-chairman Gen (Rtd) Tan Sri Mohd Azumi Mohamed stressed that environmental sustainability today was not only a concern of the government but also civil societies like Wafa, the Asiawater Responsible Business Alliance (AWRBA) and business entities.
“Many businesses are partners in sustainable programmes, eradication of poverty, and promotion of better living.
“UBM Malaysia also seeks to play a corporate social responsibility role in areas of innovation, sustainable and community-based solutions. This is what ‘serve to lead’ is all about.
“Through its alliance group initiative of AWRBA, UBM Malaysia aims to bring together leading charities from the region with the mission of bringing clean, safe drinking water and sanitation to the underprivileged,” he said in his speech.
The event also held a dialogue with invited academicians and celebrated past Wafa winners who in their endeavours have made significant difference in their community.
Dubbed the “silent heroes”, they include 2010 award-winner Permaculture Research Institute, represented by co-director Rhamis Kent, and 2016 award-winner Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, which was represented by its chairman Shishir Bajaj.
On a royal note, it was also announced that Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah was Wafa’s latest patron who would be supporting its global initiatives.
“We are facing various challenges in creating a sustainable global food production and access to clean water and air.
“Wafa has become a gateway to extensive knowledge of global conditions in developing countries and can assist corporations in identifying concrete projects and solutions which can be a breeding ground for partnerships,” he added.
Tengku Amir is keen to see projects from Malaysia apply for the awards as well, and encourages corporations to collaborate with them.
There was also a raffle prize session where paintings by well-known artists were presented to winners of the raffle draw.
The paintings were part of the efforts to raise fund for the Wafa documentary series that would feature the silent heroes and their initiatives.
Guests had the honour of watching the first of the series, which was done on a low budget, according to Wafa founder and president Tina Lindgreen.
“It all depends on the funds. We have to raise more funds to be able to produce more documentaries and hopefully, the videos will go viral.
“This will encourage the public to come together and replicate the effort,” she commented.
Bringing the Green Heroes to Light - The Star Online, 29 September 2017
OUR obsession with productivity, efficiency and rapid technological advancement is disrupting the balance of our ecosystem, which may in time, lead to an unsustainable future for mankind.
According to a presentation by Water Air Food Awards (Wafa) Business Driven Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) senior adviser Brian Sundstrup, 85% of the earth’s soil has been degraded and by 2027, the world could face a 214 trillion calorie deficit.
“By 2050, the world population is expected to reach 9.1 billion and we will need to produce about 70% more food than today to feed everyone.
“If we continue to degrade at this rate, the earth will not be able to produce enough food to feed the growing population, and mankind will ultimately suffer. This is why we need to come up with a path towards a sustainable future,” he said.
For this effort, UBM has stepped forward to support Wafa’s corporate fundraising event for a documentary series entitled Silent Heroes in Kuala Lumpur.
UBM Asia Asean Business managing director M. Gandhi said UBM was more than happy to support efforts that can make the world a better place.
“As one of the largest exhibition organisers in Malaysia and Asia, we have a wide range of subjects and want to share its solutions and offerings with business players and the public for the betterment of society.
“Some of our favourite subjects are in line with Wafa’s topics and conferences, making this initiative even more relevant,” he said, adding that this was also part of UBM’s CSR initiative.
By supporting Wafa, UBM hopes to bring silent heroes to light, share and promote their projects to stakeholders and ultimately, encourage the public to come together and replicate the effort.
“Understanding the effects of what we’re doing and their potential disasters is key to coming up with solutions that are sustainable for the future of mankind.
“Why wait until disaster strikes when we can do something about it now? We should not take what is abundantly available to us now for granted,” he said.
Also present at the conference were Wafa founder and president Tina Lindgreen and communication consultant and video journalist Peter Zuethen, who both presented the potential and positive impacts of Wafa’s silent heroes.
UBM Malaysia organised the Livestock Malaysia 2017 Conferences and Exhibitors to bring new products, services and technology to improve the productivity of the livestock sector.
The exhibition is at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang in Seri Kembangan, and open to the public this weekend from 10am to 6pm. Admission is free.
ASIAWATER 2016 team visit Melaka’s largest water treatment plants ahead of their upcoming trade show in April this year
January 27, 2016 – UBM Asia, the organiser of ASIAWATER 2016 – the largest and leading water and wastewater event in Asia made a site visit to Melaka’s largest and most significant water treatment plant, Syarikat Air Melaka Berhad’s (SAMB) Kompleks Bertam today. As part of their media tour and marketing campaign, participating companies at the event, staffs and media were given a tour of the plants with the goal of promoting the Best Practices on Non-Revenue Water(NRW) in Malaysia. The initiative by the organiser is amongst one of many to create awareness of the water services industry.
NRW is water that has been produced and is lost before it reaches the customer. The losses can be through leaks, or apparent through theft or metering inaccuracies.
It is defined as the difference between the amount of water put into the distribution system and the amount billed to consumers. In order to effectively addressing NRW, ASIAWATER 2016 is collaborating with International Water Association (IWA) as the Supporting Association as well as the Content Partner in ASIAWATER 2016’s Seminar & Conferences. NRW is one of the key themes out of the four themes i.e., Tariff Setting & Pricing, Wastewater Management and Water Resources (AWARE’16). For the first time at ASIAWATER, delegates and participants are welcome to attend any of the Seminar & Conferences, completely free of charge.
Dato’ Teo Yen Hua, Advisor of ASIAWATER comments: “We are excited to be working hand-in-hand with the State Water Operator, for example SAMB who has achieved so much in their NRW reduction programme. We certainly are thrilled and look forward to SAMB presenting and sharing their success stories at the ASIAWATER. I believe this will benefit the private sectors, water services operators, universities, policy makers and regulatory agencies in Malaysia and other developing countries in Asia.”
The organiser chose Melaka for this tour as the state has been one of the success stories in Malaysia’s NRW reduction programme. The NRW level dropped to 19.3% last year compared to 30.1% in 2008, a remarkable achievement for the state.
SAMB is responsible for providing water services, operating three water dams and nine water treatment plants and a 4, 861km network of water pipeline. With the design capacity of 631, 000 m3 per day from the nine water treatment plants and serving 274, 758 users in the state, the Bertam Water Treatment Plant, which is located at Durian Tunggal is the largest water treatment plant in the state serving users in Central Melaka, Jasin, Masjid Tanah, Merlimau, Duyong, Sungai Udang, Bukit Rambai and Klebang area.
The ninth edition of ASIAWATER Expo & Forum which will take place from 6 – 8 April is anticipated to host more than 780 exhibitors from 48 countries and will have 11 major international pavilions including from mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, The United States of America, Austria, Germany, India and many more. The event is regarded as the region’s best events for current ASEAN water needs, including water supply, water resources, sanitation and purification. This is an unparalleled opportunity for companies to display their latest technologies and solutions to a top level audience.
The event which is 99% sold out will include exhibiting companies such as Ebara Pumps, CNP, Molecor (SEA), Tsurumi Pump, Xylem, Salcon, Ranhill, Palintest, Solidium, George Fischer, Echologics, Waterfield, VAF Filtration, amongst many others!