Under our sustainability pillar we support education and awareness programmes that nurture the shift to sustainability and circular economy. We encourage constructive discussion of new policies and approaches, and exploring new technology and systems that have the potential to contribute to responsible use of natural resources and help to reduce human impact on the planet.
With The Habitat Penang Hill we seek to demonstrate a working model of sustainable financing for a protected area in which the funds generated from the effective management of this nature discovery gateway can generate jobs, and fund maintenance and curation of a world class visitor attraction. Protected areas have a tremendous role to play in protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services however unless they can generate economic activity and the resources for effective management, they will be vulnerable to pressures for other forms of land use.
In 2020, we have set a target to reduce environmental impact on Penang Hill by establishing new systems to reduce food waste with the introduction of the Effective Food Waste Composter (EFWC) developed by the engineering faculty of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI).
The Habitat Foundation is also exploring an innovative campaign to encourage businesses on the hill to reduce their use of single-use packaging. We look forward to implementing both these programmes in close collaboration with Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) and the Penang Hill community.