Datuk Seri Adham Baba says Malaysia is looking at Singapore and Japan, two countries that have expertise in end-of-life vehicle recycling, in its efforts to draft the framework. – Bernama pic, August 12, 2022
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia is studying a suitable approach to implement an end-of-life vehicle (ELV) management policy by 2025, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Adham Baba.
He said the development of the policy was important to ensure the components and usable materials of old vehicles can be of use and not be simply thrown away.
“Excess in dilapidated vehicles, which also have resulted in dengue outbreaks, occur because there is yet to be a policy on the proper action that needs to be taken, with emphasis on the method of proper disposal,” he said during the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), representing the ELV Research Consortium, and Malaysia Automotive Recyclers Association (Maara).
Adham said Malaysia is looking at Singapore and Japan, two countries that have expertise in ELV recycling, in its efforts to draft the framework.
He noted that 70% of dismantled items from ELV can be exported to other countries, and has the potential of earning RM10 billion for the related industries.
Based on data from the Transport Ministry, there are a total of 33 million registered vehicles in Malaysia as of May 2022, with 19 million of them being at least a decade old.
On the MoU signed today, Adham said the consortium involved three universities – UTM, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka – working with industry players, such as Maara, to resolve the issue of ELVs through recycling or upcycling.
The MoU aims to gather data and information about remanufacturing and recycling, and foster cooperation between industrial and consortium members through research and training programmes and developing a remanufacturing and recycling plan to support the National Automotive Policy 2020.
When asked about electric vehicles, Adham said that Malaysia intends to establish 10,000 charging stations throughout the country, compared with its current target of 700 by 2025.
The EV battery development industry would also need to be coordinated with the use of EVs to provide jobs for the B40 group, he added. – Bernama, August 12, 2022