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A major leap in reducing carbon emissions in vehicles

POSTED BY Yamin Vong ON 23 March 2018

ASEAN’s first emission testing facility was launched on March 21 in Rawang and will be managed by the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), an agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

The National Emission Test Centre (NETC) will be made available to all automotive manufacturers in Malaysia as well as the region.

Speaking on behalf of International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Sri Mustapa Mohamad, deputy Datuk Ahmad Maslan said, “The establishment of NETC is timely and consistent with the Government’s intention, as specified in the National Automotive Policy 2014. The NETC can facilitate emission testing for automotive manufacturers in Malaysia as well as further promote energy efficient vehicle (EEV) usage in Malaysia.

 

The Soak Room

“This is a stepping stone to make Malaysia a regional hub for EEVs in the near future.”

In conjunction with the NETC launch, MAI unveiled the Voluntary EEV Labelling Scheme followed by Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) exchanges between MAI and the Department of Environment (DOE) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

“As Malaysia moves to improve energy efficiency in transportation, reducing carbon emissions is vital to meet global standards. The NETC – being the first fully-fledged emission test centre in the country – will serve original equipment manufacturers operating in Malaysia and the South-East Asia region,” said Datuk Madani Sahari, CEO of MAI.

National Emission Test Centre (NETC)

The emissions lab is equipped with an emission chassis dynamometer within a climatic chamber. It also features a soak room, emission and equipment room, and a control room.

Emissions tests are a requirement for vehicles to acquire Vehicle Type Approval (VTA) and EEV certification. The establishment of NETC will allow for significant reduction in emission test costs and faster test cycle times compared to testing in Japan and Europe.

In the future, NETC services will be expanded to include emission testing for motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

The technology and equipment in NETC is sourced from Daihatsu Japan for its Malaysian associate, Perodua Auto Corporation Sdn Bhd, with MAI as the partner to operate the centre.

Voluntary EEV Labelling Scheme

The Voluntary EEV Label is a tag placed on certified EEVs to enable consumers to collect details of a particular model by scanning a QR code.

The scheme serves as an awareness platform for consumers to better understand the fuel efficiency of their vehicles and encourage the uptake of low-emission vehicles.

The labelling scheme is also in line with Malaysia’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by the year 2030, as outlined by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change under the Paris Agreement.

The scheme is also aimed at increasing market competitiveness while conforming to environmental policies and regulations.

MoU exchange between MAI and DOE

 MAI and the Department of Environment (DOE) signed an MoU to enhance collaboration between the two parties in furthering initiatives towards environmental preservation.

Through the MoU, both parties agree to develop a pool of experts in environmental conservation, cooperate in capacity building programmes for automotive industries and stakeholders, as well as the establishment of the NETC.

MoU Exchange between MAI and UKM

The MoU between MAI and UKM aims to increase government-academic cooperation, with the Faculty of Economics and Management at the university operating as a research and strategic partner.

Through the MoU, the parties will exchange information related to developments in teaching, student development, research innovation and commercialisation within the automotive industry.

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