i-ESG Framework Opening Ceremony

EUROCHAM Malaysia was invited to participate in MITI's National Industry Environmental, Social & Governance Framework or simply ‘i-ESG Framework’ opening ceremony centered on Phase 1.0: “Just Transition”. A day of insights unfolded as we were treated to an illuminating visual presentation delivered by YB Liew Chin Tong, deputy minister of MITI on the i-ESG Framework which aims to help our manufacturing sector embrace sustainability and tap into a $12-trillion ESG market. It’s also part of the Push for Net Zero mission in the New Industrial Master Plan 2030.

The i-ESG Framework focuses on four pillars: standards, financing, capacity building, and market mechanisms, with 17 strategies and 50 deliverables to guide companies, especially MSMEs, toward ESG compliance. Deputy Minister YB Liew Chin Tong says it's a 'how-to' roadmap for businesses to integrate ESG practices and ensure accountability. Phase 1.0 (2024-2026) supports a 'Just Transition' for MSMEs, creating a level playing field.

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German Unity Day

We would like to wish all our German members, friends, and connections a Happy German Unity Day!

Frohen Tag der Deutschen Einheit!

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Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) starts to apply in its transitional phase

This Sunday, 1 October, the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) will enter into application in its transitional phase. CBAM is the EU's landmark tool to fight carbon leakage and one of the central pillars of the EU's ambitious Fit for 55 Agenda. It will equalise the price of carbon between domestic products and imports. This will ensure that the EU's climate policies are not undermined by production relocating to countries with less ambitious green standards or by the replacement of EU products by more carbon-intensive imports. CBAM is a WTO-compatible measure that encourages global industry to embrace greener and more sustainable technologies.

In its transitional phase, CBAM will only apply to imports of cement, iron and steel, aluminium, fertilisers, electricity and hydrogen. EU importers of those goods will have to report on the volume of their imports and the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions embedded during their production, but without paying any financial adjustment at this stage. While importers are asked to collect data for the fourth quarter of 2023, their first report will only have to be submitted by 31 January 2024. Furthermore, a number of flexibilities have been built into the CBAM's structure for the first year of application, such as the use of default values for the reporting of embedded emissions and the possibility to use the monitoring, reporting and verification rules of the country of production.

The transitional phase will serve as a learning period for all stakeholders (importers, producers and authorities). It will allow the European Commission to collect useful information on embedded emissions in order to refine the methodology for the definitive period, which starts in 2026. As of that date, importers will need to buy and surrender the number of “CBAM certificates” corresponding to the GHGs embedded in imported CBAM goods.

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Cyprus Independence Day

We would like to wish all our members, friends, and connections from Cyprus a Happy Independence Day!

Χρόνια Πολλά για την Ημέρα Ανεξαρτησίας της Κύπρου!

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International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

We would like to wish all our members, friends, and connections a Happy International Day of Awareness of Food Loss & Waste!

“Reducing food loss and waste:  Taking Action to Transform Food Systems”

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Maulidur Rasul

We would like to wish all our Muslim members, friends, and connections a happy celebration of Maulidur Rasul!

May peace and blessing be upon you, by the great Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.

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