Category: Environment

Recycling Electronic Products

I’ve wrote sometime ago about recycling and most of it are related to our daily consume waste product such as bottles, plastics & papers. Since a lot more of electronics product has invaded our life, I feel it is right to share about recycling of these products. But first, let us watch this video 🙂

Now, you know how precious your electronic product is even if its only worth a few Ringgits! It’s never too late! PIKOM has launched E-Waster Recycling Program to create awareness on the need to recycle among general public.

PIKOM together with the Department of Environment is embarking on an E-Waste Recycling Campaign with the aim to raise awareness on the need to recycle among the general public. Collection centres have been set up at selected PIKOM PCFairs to collect electronic waste for recycling. Please click here to read more in Green IT Shaping The Industry.

via PIKOM

http://www.pikom.org.my/cms/General.asp?whichfile=Announcements&ProductID=22597&CatID=

An electronics component are made up from different type of element such as Mercury, Gold, Tin and etc. Elements such as mercury, which can be found in CFL bulb or old CRT monitor/TV, is poisonous and very dangerous to the human if it’s not disposed correctly.  By recycling at these location stated in the link above, they can correctly identify this elements and disposed it accordingly. They will also will process these products and segregate these elements/components to few categories such as “re-usable” or “recycle” or “dispose” and etc.

By doing these, there will less need to dig for new resources and fill up our dump site again which is scarce by hours! So let’s save our planet by recycling!

 

 

NKEA – Greater KL MRT Project

By 2020, seven out of 10 Malaysians are expected to live in urban areas like Greater KL, which, according to unofficial sources, will have an immediate population of about 7.2 million and with the rapid property development in Klang Valley area, the infrastructure can’t cope with it.

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One of the entry points project under the National Key Economic Area or NKEA is the Greater KL MRT to address the poor and inadequate public transport coverage in Kuala Lumpur. It’s also a factor to push Kuala Lumpur to be on par with other developed cities. It is by far the largest infrastructure project in Malaysia with 141 KM of three new corridors which integrates with the existing systems – KTM, LRT, Monorail & STAR.

Pros:

  1. Better public transport
  2. Generates estimated 130,000 new jobs
  3. Hopefully lessen the car on the road
  4. Better and cleaner air and lesser noise.

Concerns:

  1. The coverage – is it enough?
  2. the effectiveness of the system
  3. sustainability of the new system.

Coverage

The new MRT system will integrated all those other system and also feeder bus to cover all the residential and commercial area. Based on the image given above, some places such as Puchong still not integrated. I live in Gombak and work in Cyberjaya. Many of my colleagues and their friends also commute more than 50KM everyday, some from Shah Alam, Gombak, Keramat & Selayang and I bet they are many more others like us. Having an fast and efficient transport in Cyberjaya and few parts of Putrajaya does help to increase the adoption of public transport.

System effectiveness

I used to be an avid public transport but I’ve stopped…ermm…less use when it tooks me an hour plus just to get to my office in Jalan Ampang which most of the time (40 mins) waiting to hop into the train and don’t let me start with KTM Komuter. I’m not sure how it is now for both LRT & Komuter during peak hours but I believe it doesn’t changed much from what I heard.

System sustainability

Greater KL is expected to have a population of 7.8 million and it will keep on increasing. Will the MRT is enough to cater the ever increasing number of population? if its not, we will see the same thing happen again. People will start driving their own much more and the hectic traffic will start all over again.

IGEM 2010: Hitachi Tree

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During my visit to IGEM 2010, one of the thing attracts me is at the Hitachi pavillon. There’s huge wall at Hitachi pavilion and on that wall there is big picture of “Hitachi Tree”. The “Hitachi Tree” is a big tree “spreading its roots on the ground, spreading its boughs, producing flowers of various colors and bearing fruit” which symbolizes the Hitachi Group’s integrated ability, growth potential and varied and vigorous business. Now with the “green” vibes spreading out through the world, this tree also symbolize the Hitachi’s appreciations to everything green. This show in their line of integrated products. For more info on Hitachi Tree

http://www.hitachi.com/hitachitree/en/profile/index.html

Green Facts Recycling Paper

Ever wonder how green is when we recycle paper? Here are some facts 🙂

For every 1 tonne of paper we recycle we

  • save 17 mature trees
  • 7,000 gallons or 26,500 liters of water!
  • 3 cubic yards of landfill
  • 2 barrels or 318 liters of oil – you can make 4 trips from Johor Bahru to Bukit Kayu Hitam!
  • 4,100 KWatts of electricity – enough to power average malaysian house for 9 months!

Recycling paper instead of making it from new material generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water.

So how many is 1 tonne of paper? it’s about 400 ream of 80 gsm paper or about 200,000 80gsm sheets!

Just think about it 😉

Hey, do you know that Malaysia has a law regarding control of emission?

I used to take LRT to commute to my workplace and to other places in KL and I’m a a big fan of it 🙂 But due to inefficiencies in Malaysia’s public transport system and also change in working place(working in Cyberjaya now), I have stopped using one (well..I still using it occasionally on weekends 😉 ) about a year and a half ago. Imagine, what would take you usually 15 minutes commuting can turn out to be 1.5 hours which half of it waiting and ranting about the stupid system and those who didn’t queue up.  Not only it’s a waste of time, it adds up to pressure and also lessen your “pahala” so early in the morning 😛

Anyway, since my new job is now 55KM from my home, and the nearest public transport to my office will take me at least 150 minutes to/from my office/home, I had to drive. It’s been 10 months since and I’m feeling a bit guilty that I help the earth warm up a bit. 🙁

I’m kind of deviate from my original content now. hahhaa. The reason I’m writing this article is just to share with the members of the public regarding Malaysia’s law on Control of Emission from either a petrol or diesel vehicle. I sent an email to Kementerian Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar to enquire about the law regarding the smoke emission from vehicle after seeing and breathing (i like to open my car windows — well, actually my aircond is broke but hey, morning breeze is always good 😉 a lot of vehicles especially lorries, busses and also motorcycles are emitting black smokes from their exhausts. To my surprise, I received an email an hour or so after I posted it in their feedback forms in the website. and I get 2 people keeping me updates on the issue and within the third day, I already receive full details of my enquiries. My thanks to the team and keep up the good work!

Here are the replies from them.

Encik Lokman Hakim Mohamad Azli,

Jabatan Alam Sekitar telah menguatkuasakan empat (4) undang-undang bagi mengawal pencemaran udara daripada sektor kenderaan dan pengangkutan. Undang-undang tersebut dinyatakan seperti di bawah :

  1. Environmental Quality (Control of Petrol And Diesel Properties) Regulations 2007 – P.U.(A) 145/2007
  2. Environmental Quality (Control of Emission From Motorcycles) Regulations 2003 – P.U. (A) 464/2003
  3. Environmental Quality (Control of Emission From Petrol Engines) Regulations 1996 – P.U(A) 543/96
  4. Environmental Quality (Control of Emission From Diesel Enginers) Regulations 1996 P.U (A) 429/96

Dalam usaha mengawal pencemaran ini, yang dijangkakan meningkat setiap hari, JAS telahpun merangka Pelan Tindakan Udara Bersih ataupun ‘Clean Air Action Plan’ yang akan dilaksanakan secara bersepadu oleh agensi-agensi yang terlibat, sama ada di bidang pengangkutan, industri mahupun bagi mengingkatkan kesedaran orang ramai bagi mengurangkan pencemaran udara. Dalam hal ini juga, Kementerian Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar bertindak sebagai ‘focal point’ bagi semua aktiviti yang bakal dijalankan.

Sekian untuk makluman tuan, terima kasih.

Basically, the bill states that any vehicle that are parked in public area and left idle for three (3) minutes, can be charged on this bill with a fine for up to RM 2000 ringgit. The bill also laid a guidelines on the what is the threshold for the concentrations & density of smokes that coming out from a diesel and petrol engine. I hope this can be of use to anyone and the agency will enforce the law more and act on the ‘Clear Air Action Plan’ fast.

-Lokman- signing out


Earth Hour 2010: How many we could save in 1 hour? (theoretically)

I bet many people was wondering how much we save during the 1 hour we switch off our light. Well…this is based on my novice calculation.

Let say 1 billion user pledge to switch off 1 60Watts light bulb for 1 hour

60 x 1 billion x 1 hour = 60 billion Watts  = 60 million kWH

1 kwH roughly produce 16.44 pounds of CO2 emission

so, 60 millions x 16.44 pounds CO2 = 986,400,000 pounds of CO2 or 447,423.51 metric tonnes of CO2.

we need 2,700,000 trees to offset this carbon per year!!

Well, how much is 1 tonnes of CO2 worth

One tonne of carbon dioxide gas would fill a cube over 8 metres high.

Because we can relate to this illustration physically it provides a better sense of scale than the abstract number itself. Breaking large volumes up into discrete quantities (such as a number of one-tonne cubes) makes comparison easier. As viewers, we sometimes struggle to compare volumes, but we are very adept at comparing discrete quantities (numbers) of things.

http://carbonquilt.org/about/carbon

1 tonnes of CO2 emission will increase the global temperature about  0.0000000000015 degrees celcius

Until now, it has been difficult to estimate how much climate will warm in response to a given carbon dioxide emissions scenario because of the complex interactions between human emissions, carbon sinks, atmospheric concentrations and temperature change. Matthews and colleagues show that despite these uncertainties, each emission of carbon dioxide results in the same global temperature increase, regardless of when or over what period of time the emission occurs.

These findings mean that we can now say: if you emit that tonne of carbon dioxide, it will lead to 0.0000000000015 degrees of global temperature change. If we want to restrict global warming to no more than 2 degrees, we must restrict total carbon emissions – from now until forever – to little more than half a trillion tonnes of carbon, or about as much again as we have emitted since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

“Most people understand that carbon dioxide emissions lead to global warming,” says Matthews, “but it is much harder to grasp the complexities of what goes on in between these two end points. Our findings allow people to make a robust estimate of their contribution to global warming based simply on total carbon dioxide emissions.

via GLobalWarmingBlog

carbon footprint calculator – http://www.carbonify.com/carbon-calculator.htm

to be continued….