The National Emission Test Centre, located in Rawang, will be the first full-fledged vehicle emissions testing facility in Malaysia. The NETC will house facilities that includes real-time measurement of exhaust emission gases for passenger cars in accordance with UN Regulation 83 and 101.
The NETC was launched today, by the Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Haji Ahmad Haji Maslan, representing the Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed.
The emissions lab is equipped with an Emission Chassis Dynamometer within a climatic chamber. It also features a soak room, emission & equipment room, and a control room. The centre will be operated by the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and is open to all vehicle manufacturers in Malaysia and the ASEAN region.
“As Malaysia moves to improve energy efficiency in transportation, reducing carbon emissions is vital to meet global standards. The National Emission Test Centre, being the 1st full-fledged emission test centre in the country, will serve OEMs operating in Malaysia and the ASEAN region.” explained Dato’ Madani Sahari, CEO of MAI.
“The NETC provides a strategic advantage to the local industry as the costs associated with testing will now be significantly lower and the location allows for faster testing times. Besides that, more Malaysians can access and experience the testing facilities as they are now located within our borders under a Government agency.” explained Datuk Haji Ahmad Haji Maslan.
“As such, the establishment of NETC is timely and consistent with Government’s intention as specified in NAP 2014. NETC is able to facilitate automotive manufacturers in Malaysia to conduct emissions testing locally as well as to further promote EEV (Energy Efficient Vehicle) usage in Malaysia. This is a stepping stone to make Malaysia a regional hub for EEVs in the near future.” Datuk Haji Ahmad Haji Maslan further explained.
In conjunction with the NETC launch, the launching of the Voluntary EEV Labelling Scheme also took place, followed by Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) exchanges between MAI and the Department of Environment (DOE) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
The Voluntary EEV Label, is a label to be placed on certified EEVs, for consumers to collect details of the particular model with only a scan of a QR code. The scheme serves as an awareness platform for consumers on the fuel efficiency of their vehicles and also encourage the uptake of low-emission vehicles.
MAI and DOE signed a MoU to enhance collaboration between the two parties in furthering initiatives towards environmental preservation. Through the MoU, both parties agree to develop a pool of experts in environmental conservation, cooperate in capacity building programs for automotive industries and stakeholders, as well as the establishment of the NETC.
The exchange of MoU between MAI and UKM aims to increase government-academic cooperation with the Faculty of Economics and Management, UKM as a research university and strategic partner to MAI. The collaboration focuses on the fields of economics, accounting, business and trade.
Also present were, YBhg. Tan Sri Datuk Asmat Kamaludin, Chairman of Perodua Auto Corporation Sdn. Bhd., YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Kamarulnajuib Che Ibrahim, Director General of DOE, YBhg. Datuk Phang Ah Tong, Chairman of MAI, YBhg. Prof. Dr. Mohd Ekhwan Toriman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research & Innovation Affairs, UKM, The Honourable Mr. Sunao Matsubayashi, Director of Daihatsu Motor Corporation (DMC), and YBhg. Datuk Dr. Aminar Rashid Salled, President and CEO of Perodua.