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The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) on Saturday awarded Kumpulan Melaka Berhad, Harta Maintenance Sdn Bhd and Syarikat Air Melaka Berhad as winners of the KeTTHA Excellence Awards 2014 (KEA) at a ceremony held in conjunction with the 5th International Greentech Eco Products Exhibition and Conference 2014 (IGEM 2014).

KEA, which is in its second year, recognises Malaysian companies that have excelled and made outstanding contributions in the fields of energy, green technology and water sectors. In line with the Government agenda to spur the three sectors, KEA aims to encourage excellent service, innovation and entrepreneurship to spur growth in these sectors.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, in his speech read by Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, said, The KeTTHA Excellence Awards 2014 is significant as it recognises achievements made in the energy, green technology and water industry, especially in its role in increasing the standard of living and well-being of the people.

More so, as reliable and quality electricity and water supply contribute to a more comfortable living. At the same time, I believe it is time for all of us to adopt green practices and lifestyle in line with rising environmental concerns. This importance that we have placed in these sectors is reflected in KeTTHA slogan which is Water is Life, Energy is Wealth and Green Technology is the Game Changer he added.

The three award categories under KEA are the Energy Excellence Award, the Green Technology Excellence Award and the Water Excellence Award. A total of 53 submissions were received.

Given its commitment to transform the Melaka Historical City into a green technology city by the year 2020, Kumpulan Melaka Berhad was awarded the Energy Excellence Award for its 5MWp Solar Farm Project. The evaluation of projects submitted for the Energy category was based on creativity, innovation, sustainability, impact and accountability.

Harta Maintenance Sdn Bhd, a total solutions provider for building maintenance which offers a range of green cleaning products and equipment, bagged the Green Technology Excellence Award.

Under this category, submissions were evaluated based on their effectiveness in the implementation of low carbon strategies and promoting future green technology initiatives that could transform the landscape of green business.

Finally, Syarikat Air Melaka Berhad won the Water Excellence Award for successfully reducing the Non-Revenue Water (NRW) rate in the state of Melaka - from 33.9 per cent to 22.0 per cent over a period of five years from 2008.

Through its initiatives the company has successfully conserved a total of 97.8 million metric cube of water during this period. The projects submitted under the Water category were evaluated based on operational effectiveness, efficiency, delivery on consumer services, community engagement, technological impact, innovation for sustainability and environmental conservation initiative.

KEA is organised by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, as part of its continuous efforts to recognise the commitment and excellence rendered by Malaysian companies within the energy, green technology and water sectors. The judging panel that evaluated the 15 nominees for KEA 2014, included the Sustainable Energy Development Authority, Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara and Malaysian Green Technology Corporation.