Photo Credit: KLCC

Creating a sustainable meetings destination in Malaysia

Malaysia’s premier purpose-built venue, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has recently invested in a food composter machine to expand its waste management efforts. This latest initiative aims to develop a circular economy model for the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) precinct, to help transform it into a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) hub and create a sustainable meetings destination in Malaysia.

According to the World Resources Institute, out of 100 billion tons of resources that enter the economy every year, only 8.6% get recycled and used again. Since 1970, the use of resources has tripled and could double again by 2050 if business continues as usual.

Alan Pryor

The Centre’s General Manager

The Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared, “In our endeavour to manage event-generated waste responsibly, investing in our own composting machine is another significant step. Since including composting as part of our process, we have recorded a 30% decrease in the overall disposed food waste. We are also collecting more data, through which we can better study delegates’ consumption behaviour. This enables us to plan food production more efficiently and cater to customer-based cooking, which results in reduced food waste and less food cost. One of the long-term plans of the composter is to also provide non-chemical-based fertilisers to the 50-acre KLCC park that is adjacent to the Centre.”

“We understand how critical it is to move away from a linear economic model to a circular model. Our focus is on creating a regenerative system that helps us make better use of finite resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect the well-being of our biodiversity and boost the business of the various entities that make up the KLCC precinct,” continued Pryor.

Photo Credit: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

The iconic integrated KLCC precinct is a 100-acre city-within-a-city development comprising of the world’s tallest twin towers, a world-class purpose-built venue, numerous 4- to 5-star hotels, a shopping mall and a lush recreational park all nestled together.

Aligning its business priorities to the Twelfth Malaysia Plan, the Centre’s goal is to make these business events a sustainable meetings destination where organisers and delegates can meet, eat, sleep, and play responsibly, and have the opportunities to leave long-lasting positive impacts on the country and its people.

Acknowledging the venue’s commitment to sustainability, the Centre was recently invited to participate in the Malaysia Urban Forum 2022 to share its sustainable goals and the efforts undertaken by the private sector and a myriad of stakeholders involved in the sustainable transformation of urban cities.

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