SEDA: SAVE Initiative Set To Return Following Positive Public Response
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The Sustainability Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA) said that it is planning to bring back the Sustainability Achieved via Energy Efficiency (SAVE) initiative for the fourth time. Appropriately dubbed SAVE 4.0, it will once again provide the public with rebate incentives for the purchase of energy-efficient electrical goods.

The chief executive officer of SEDA, Datuk Hamzah Hussin said the details for SAVE 4.0 will be revealed in due time, including the amount of allocation and categories of goods offered. He further stressed that he saw merit in continuing this initiative because previous SAVE programmes had received favourable response from the public.

“There are plans to continue the SAVE programme because the response among the people and consumers was good and helpful in reducing energy reduction by encouraging consumers to use energy-efficient products,” said Datuk Hamzah.

Datuk Hamzah also noted that SAVE 4.0 will use the same model as the previous programmes, but SEDA is currently looking into how it can improve some aspects of weaknesses that have been highlighted to them.

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For context, the SAVE initiative was first introduced back in 2011, when the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology, and Water (KeTTHA) of the time sought to promote the use of five-star energy-efficient refrigerators. It was then revitalised in 2021 as SAVE 2.0, in a collaboration with e-commerce platforms Shopee and Lazada to offer RM200 rebate vouchers for the purchase of energy-efficient air conditioners and fridges – particularly those with four and five-star energy ratings – to maintain environmental sustainability in the long term.

The initiative was brought back again after that as SAVE 3.0 in 2022, this time with vouchers of up to RM400 up for grabs. The categories of electrical appliances that qualify for the programme were also expanded to include televisions, washing machines, and microwave ovens.

Complementing the SAVE programme is also the Jimat Air programme by Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN), which is currently in its fourth iteration. While the SAVE initiative sought to encourage people to purchase energy-efficient appliances, the Jimat Air programme looked to promote water-efficient home appliances, such as washing machines, water closets and urinal equipment, as well as water taps and shower heads.

(Source: The Sun Daily)

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