ENGIE and UAC Berhad 20-year solar PPA
Loon Peng Wai, Deputy CEO, UAC Berhad, (first from left) Thomas Baudlot, CEO, ENGIE South East Asia, (second from the right) and Wong Yin Kee, Managing Director, ENGIE Services Malaysia. (first from right)


MALAYSIA, 30 April 2024 – ENGIE, a global leader in low-carbon energy and services, and UAC Berhad (UAC), Malaysia’s leading manufacturer of eco-friendly cellulose fibre cement products, today announced they have signed a 20-year solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to govern a rooftop solar array that ENGIE will develop for UAC’s manufacturing plant in Ipoh, Malaysia. The 7.35 megawatt peak (MWp) rooftop solar array will enable UAC to meet 27% of its plant in Tasek Industrial Estate's needs with green energy, saving 7,300 tonnes of CO2 (tCO2) emissions a year. The environmental impact of this project will be equivalent to removing nearly 1,800 cars from the roads (or planting over 100,000 trees).

“Our continued partnership with UAC Berhad exemplifies our commitment to delivering comprehensive solutions that drive sustainable growth for our partners,” said Thomas Baudlot, CEO, ENGIE South East Asia. “We’ve tailored our solutions to meet UAC’s needs, propelling them towards achieving their sustainability goals while increasing their competitiveness. By integrating the provision of multiple services through our utilities-as-a-service (UaaS) approach along with this latest solar deployment, we are enabling UAC to decarbonise their onsite utilities while simultaneously enhancing their operational efficiency,” added Thomas.

This latest milestone in UAC’s sustainability journey comes after a 10-year energy efficiency performance agreement signed with ENGIE in 2023, to revamp and optimise UAC’s steam boiler system. Upon completion, the new steam system will save up to 5,360 tCO2 per year, which is equivalent to the impact of planting close to 90,000 trees.

UAC Berhad Compressed Air System
Pictured above, UAC’s compressed air system before revamp (left) and after (right).


ENGIE and UAC have been working together to reduce carbon emissions at UAC’s manufacturing plant in Tasek Industrial Estate since 2018. The partnership began with the revamping of the facility’s compressed air system, which led to an 18% increase in the system’s energy efficiency by mid-2019, saving up to 520 tCO2 a year.

The new solar initiative marks an expansion of ENGIE’s support for UAC from providing UaaS to generating green energy. The implementation of all three energy solutions will result in an annual savings of more than 13,000 tCO2, leading to a significant positive environmental impact equivalent to planting over 200,000 trees.


Loon Peng Wai, Deputy CEO, UAC Berhad, (first from left) Thomas Baudlot, CEO, ENGIE South East Asia, (second from the right) and
Wong Yin Kee, Managing Director, ENGIE Services Malaysia. (first from right)


Loon Peng Wai, UAC Berhad’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, added, “We are thrilled to deepen our collaboration with ENGIE, a trusted partner in our journey towards sustainable manufacturing. Since our initial engagement with ENGIE in 2018, we have witnessed tangible improvements in our energy efficiency and operational reliability, and this new project not only reinforces our commitment to sustainability but also underscores our dedication to driving business excellence.”

The collaboration between ENGIE and UAC is expected to result in savings on energy consumption and cost in alignment with Malaysia’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill passed in 2023, which is aimed at reducing both for industrial and commercial users. Through these sustainable energy initiatives, UAC is showcasing how manufacturers in Malaysia can enhance their operations while also making progress on their sustainability journeys. This latest project further demonstrates both companies' commitment to supporting Malaysia’s Paris Agreement pledge to reduce the country’s carbon emissions by 45% by 2030.


About ENGIE 

ENGIE is a global reference in low-carbon energy and services. With its 97,000 employees, clients, partners and stakeholders, the Group strives every day to accelerate the transition towards a carbon-neutral economy, through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally friendly solutions. Inspired by its purpose statement, ENGIE reconciles economic performance with a positive impact on people and the planet, building on its key businesses (gas, renewable energy, services) to offer competitive solutions to its clients. Turnover in 2023: €82.6 billion. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main financial indices (CAC 40, Euronext 100, FTSE Euro 100, MSCI Europe) and non-financial indices (DJSI World, Euronext Vigeo Eiris - Europe 120 / France 20, MSCI EMU ESG screened, MSCI EUROPE ESG Universal Select, Stoxx Europe 600 ESG-X).

In Southeast Asia, we are a fast-growing team of nearly 2,000 employees. With a geographical focus in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines, we bring efficient energy solutions spanning from integrated facilities management and low-carbon infrastructure (district cooling, EV charging, onsite solar, etc.) to large-scale renewables to our clients across the industry, real estate, and data center sectors. We act throughout the value chain to help our clients decarbonize today, for a better tomorrow.


ENGIE South East Asia press contact(s):

Zann Chua
Regional Head of Marketing & Communications 
ENGIE South East Asia
M: +65 9155 5600

Novell Goh
Regional Manager, Marketing & Communications 
ENGIE South East Asia
M: +65 9365 0339


About UAC Berhad

UAC Berhad is Malaysia’s leading manufacturer of the UAC brand of eco-friendly cellulose fibre cement products. Established in 1963, UAC currently supplies its products to more than 60 countries around the world.

UAC’s eco-friendly fibre cement boards are manufactured from natural resources such as sand, water, and biodegradable cellulose fibre. UAC offers quality solutions for every construction and renovation project.

UAC fibre boards are some of the most energy-efficient building materials today. They come in a wide array of sizes, textures, and finishes to accommodate commercial, industrial, and residential applications, including but not restricted to fibre cement board walls, cement board partitions, fibre cement cladding, fibre cement skirting, and more.


UAC Berhad press contact(s):

Kellie Cheong
Marketing Services Manager
M: +6019 381 8807
Tel: +603 7721 9393 (ext. 276)