Sweden at Sustainable Living and Innovation Caucus Malaysia

The first ever SLIC (Sustainable Living and Innovation Caucus) event was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during 7 – 8 August 2018, with Volvo Trucks’ representative among its speakers.

Mitch Peden, Managing Director for Volvo Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Mitch Peden, the new Managing Director for Volvo Malaysia Sdn Bhd shared with the crowd the initiatives undertaken by the Group to ensure a safer, more efficient and sustainable transport solution in response to the ever-growing need to combat the global challenges revolving around climate change, the growing population and road safety.

Volvo Trucks Malaysias reported that he gave a very inspiring presentation about the trends in electromobility, automation and connectivity. The crowd was impressed when he shared Volvo’s smart city transport concepts, which included the demonstration on how the autonomous refuse truck with Renova works. This led to a very active and robust Q&A session and the event further cemented Volvo Trucks as a leading player in innovation and sustainability.

“Safety, Quality and Environmental Care are Volvo Truck’s core values that we practice daily in everything we say and do. In Volvo Trucks, there is always a continuous development of innovation towards a cleaner environment, and safer roads for all. The newly introduced FE and FL electric trucks are part of our solutions to tackle rising fuel cost, pollution and city living,” said Mitch.

“In introducing new technology, the industry players alongside the authorities and society need to work closely together. Volvo Malaysia welcomes any collaborations with local authorities and bodies or educational institutions in piloting the deployment of new technologies such as automated trucks or electric trucks,” he further elaborated.

There were over 200 guests attending the two-day event comprising of city planners, urban designers, building architects, students and environmentalists.

17 experts from various industries had been invited to share the best practices and solutions leveraging on innovation to tackle the challenges of future living in the cities. With innovation as the central thread, the event draws inspiration from the Swedes and the Dutch in showcasing how rapid urbanisation can happen at a minimal cost to the environment. The event was officiated by new Minister of Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and The Environment, Ms Yeo Bee Yin.

“Inspired and engaged after two days in Kuala Lumpur, and honoured to open up the 2nd SCLIC day presenting how digital is leveraged to create more liveable and sustainable cities in Sweden. We are happy to share experiences from 20 years of sustainable city development and bring innovation and technology to Southeast Asia to build more sustainable environments around the growing urban centres in the region,” Martin Glaumann, Market Area Director Southeast Asia from Business Sweden commented on Linkedin, who was himself among the invited speakers.

David Lantz Sustainability Manager for Southeast Asia at Scania, was a third speaker from Sweden.

Sources: Martin Glaumann, Volvo Trucks

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