PETRONAS strives to collaboratively reduce environmental impact by transitioning to lower carbon energy solutions and deploying innovative operations and technologies.
30,000 Hectares of
In partnership with Yayasan Sabah Group, we have invested over RM83 million towards the conservation of Imbak Canyon since 2010. Home to 82 animal species, 242 bird species, and over 50 species of medicinal plants, Imbak Canyon is considered a Class-1 forest reserve. Its pristine condition also makes it suitable for research into environmentally sustainable solutions such as carbon sequestration. We have also set up the Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA), which is involved in research, reforestation, public education and the training of future stewards.
1,500 Reef Balls Nurture
Through the Biodiversity, Environmental, and Conservation (BEACON) project, PETRONAS (through MLNG Sdn Bhd) and Sarawak Forestry Corporation deployed 1,500 units of artificial reef balls across an area of over 120 km2 in Similajau National Park waters off the coast of Bintulu, Sarawak from 2013 to 2015. They protect the critical habitats of endangered marine life from illegal fishing trawler activities. The reef balls mimic limestone and have helped coral reefs to regenerate and they are now 100% covered by more than 10 hard coral species, becoming the home for cuttlefish, crabs, shrimps, sea slugs, snails, barnacles and other various species of fishes. Moreover, the effort has seen the return of the Green turtles to nest in Similajau National Park after a seven-year absence.
Apart from bolstering fish stocks and sustaining the livelihoods for local fishermen, the BEACON project also aims to educate the general public on the importance of preserving biodiversity. This is done through programmes such as reef cleaning and regular beach clean–ups with stakeholders and local communities.
11,000 sqm of Mangrove Forest Brought to Life
Our EcoCare Education Centre (EEC) programme spearheaded a Mangrove Conservation initiative, which has become an on-going activity among the local community. The effort is vital in preserving the rich biodiversity of mangrove swamps in the areas of our plant operations and a spirit of volunteerism in sustainable activities.
Set up in 2013, EEC is the first environmental centre on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It features displays, exhibits and information relating to the Kerteh River ecosystem. A collaboration with Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), EEC has become a popular venue for researchers as well as university students undergoing internship. In 2019, over 4,000 visitors have participated in our initiative to plant over 6,000 trees covering an area spanning 2,500 sqm along Sungai Kerteh, Terengganu.
Collaborating for New Plastics Economy
Through our petrochemical arm, PETRONAS Chemicals Sdn Bhd (PCG), we are charting sustainable growth by balancing business goals with environmental needs. To further strengthen our sustainability agenda, PCG has introduced the New Plastics Economy (NPE) initiative, a holistic programme aimed at transforming plastic waste into valuable resources to be recycled back into the circular economy. Adopting a four-pronged approach encompassing education, innovation, infrastructure, and clean-up under its NPE programme, PCG seeks to impart the right knowledge and behaviour, collaborate for a sustainable waste recovery system, and develop solutions to the growing plastic pollution problems in Malaysia. PCG is also taking the leadership role in shaping the future of Malaysia’s circular economy initiative spearheaded by the Ministry of Environment and supported by Malaysia Plastic Pact members, including the Malaysian Plastic Manufacturers Association (MPMA) and Malaysian Petrochemicals Associations (MPA).
Increasing Access to Cleaner Energy
As a fully-integrated global LNG player, we create value for our customers by introducing tailored and sustainable solutions to meet their energy needs. We pioneered a domestic alliance of LNG bunkering service providers through our collaboration with Avenir LNG Ltd to promote LNG as a marine fuel of choice and to provide LNG ship-to-ship break-bulking services for customers with smaller energy needs. In 2020, we established the Virtual Pipeline System, a solution to transport LNG via trucks to off-grid customers located away from the main pipeline, as well as to small-scale customers. These solutions work together to make LNG, the cleaner fuel, more accessible to the world. So that together, we can lower carbon emissions.