Always Promoting Sustainable Development

Providing Practical and Sustainable Solutions


[ Board of Directors | Ongoing Projects | Projects Completed | Networking | International Role
| Special & Unique Features | Funding & Donations | Contact CETDEM | Vacancy ]


‘Always Promoting Sustainable Development’ and providing practical and sustainable solutions since it was founded on 25 April 1985, the Centre for Environment, Technology & Development, Malaysia (CETDEM) is registered as a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital [Reg. No. 139058-M]. It has a membership ceiling of 50 persons and is run by a 7 member Board of Directors.

It is an independent, non-profit, training, research, consultancy, referral, and development organization, committed to improving environmental quality through the appropriate use of technology and sustainable development.

CETDEM offers training courses in Environment, Energy, Technology, Organic Farming, and Development to Business, Industry, Government, Citizen Groups, and the public.

Board of Directors

Members of CETDEM Board of Directors:

- Gurmit Singh K.S. (Chairman of the Board, founding Executive Director) – profile

- Anthony Tan (Executive Director) – profile

- Charles Tan KL, Mr

Charles Tan was the Chief Information Officer, AmBank Group. He has worked primarily with Banks & Financial Institutions and this includes 17 years as a Management Consultant with Accenture. He has some technology related experience as well as operations management. His fields of interest are Climate Change, Energy and Organic Farming. He has been a member of CETDEM’s Board of Directors since 1993, and is the immediate past Chairman (2000 – Dec 2006).

- Noor Mohamed B. Mohamed Haniba, Mr

Noor Mohamed graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) with Bac. Sc. (Hons) (Chemistry). He was initially attached to Center for Environmental Technologies and Natural Resources Management (CETNaRM). He has been involved in research and consultancy works especially in the field of waste management and energy i.e. Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism. He served many ministries and other leading organizations namely EPU, DANIDA, Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHLG), UNDP and many more. He wrote and presented (locally and internationally) about 30 papers and received training in solid waste management, pollution control management, energy management and environmental management system. He is also a member to Charted Institution of Waste Management (CIWM), United Kingdom.

- Tan Jun-E, Ms Dr

Jun-E holds a Bachelor in Information Systems Engineering (UTAR), a Master in Public Policy (University of Malaya), and a PhD in Communication from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). Dr. Tan is an independent policy researcher with interests anchored on social and environmental sustainability within the context of sustainable development. She worked as a senior analyst in the ISIS Malaysia, during which she focused on topics including Social and Solidarity Economy, Climate Change, and Green Technology. Her recent work include a study on Social Security and the Informal Economy in Malaysia, drafting of an ASEAN Charter for the Social and Solidarity Economy, and a partnership with Human Resources Without Borders. She also runs a number of non-profit projects such as the Environmental platform; and Jun-E is also the main author of “Blogging and Democratization in Malaysia – A New Civil Society in the Making”, published in 2008.

- Ramchand a/l Duhlahomal, Mr

Ramchand is the Director of MSL Travel Sdn Bhd, a position he has held since 1 April 1986.

- Tan Nai Huang, Ms

Tan Nai Huang, or Vivian, has been a Director of Wellness Concept Sdn Bhd since 2002.

Ongoing Projects

1. The Organic Farming Project does training & extension since Oct. 96 & is self-funding to some extent. CETDEM Organic Farming Community Centre (OFCC) was established in Jan 2007 as a working model for ecological sustainable living. Regular events include Farmer’s Corner and Hari Organik.

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2. Sustainable Development Initiatives (SUDI), a Think Tank launched on 1 Aug. 2011. 2nd study started in Jan. 2013.

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3. PJ-EcoMobility, 32-month Sustainable Transport project covering Taman Jaya Recreation Park and surrounding areas, co-funded by GEF SGP Malaysia. (May 2014 – Dec. 2016)

Projects Completed

Since August 1985, events covering environmental management, environmental impact assessment, environmental audits, hazardous waste management, energy conservation, & organic farming have been held in various parts of the country.

Since October 1986, these have covered wind energy, environmentally sound technology, organic farming, environmental audits, biodiversity policy, & renewable energy.

Since October 1985, events have covered environment, technology, organic farming, water & sanitation, international issues, sustainable development, energy efficiency, renewable energy, ISO14000 & Climate Change.

From September 1986 to September 1996 an organic farm was run in Sg. Buloh;
From June 1987 onwards, exposure and training events have been run at the farm and many different parts of the country;
Since October 1996, the focus has been on nation-wide promotion & training.

5. Mobilising Malaysians on Climate Change; Jan. 2002 – May 2005, funded by DANCED.

6. Increasing Awareness & Building Capacity on Urban Malaysians on Sustainable Energy Options; April 2003 – June 2006, funded by the UNDP/GEF.

7. Working with the PJ Community on Sustainable Energy Usage; Jan. – Dec. 2006, funded by ExxonMobil.

8. Demonstration & Documentation Centre on Sustainable Energy; Mar 04 –Feb 07, funded by DANIDA.

9. Create Awareness on Climate Change, Energy Usage & Transport covering households in PJ & Kajang; April 2007 – Feb. 2008, funded by Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE).

10. Community Initiative on Household Waste Composting in Petaling Jaya (CHC@PJ); June 2008 – Nov. 2009, funded by DANIDA-SWMC.

11. Secondary School Energy Efficiency Action Project (SSEEAP) based in KL; Nov. 08 – Jan. 10, funded by ExxonMobil.

12. Creating Awareness and Action among urban Malaysians to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions through Sustainable Transport Options (STOP); Nov. 2008 – Dec. 2010, co-funded by GEF SGP Malaysia.

13. FIT & SAVE Project, 18-month RE & EE promotion project covering 13 towns, funded by SEDA Malaysia. (Sept. 2012 – Feb. 2014)

14. RE & EE Roadshow Project, 7-month RE & EE promotion project, funded by SEDA Malaysia. (Aug. 2015 – Feb. 2016)


CETDEM joined:

- The Malaysian Climate Change Group in February 1993, becoming its 2nd Convenor on 26 July 1994;
- International Forum for Sustainable Energy in May 1994;
- The Basel Action Network in February 1998;
- The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) in April 1998;
- The Sustainable & Peaceful Energy Network, Asia (SPENA) in mid-1998.

CETDEM was a founder member of the Malaysian Environmental & Conservation Network, and its second Coordinator, Aug. 1990 till Sept. 1996, and coordinated the Malaysian Organic Farming Network (MOFAN) May 1990 till Jan. 1998, and coordinated the Malaysian Forum on Agenda 21, May 2003 till May 2005. It hosted the Regional Secretariat of the Climate Action Network Southeast Asia (CANSEA), 1 Jan. 1996 to 31 Dec. 1997, Jan. 2002 to May 2006, and 1 July 2010 to 15 Sept. 2012.

CETDEM was appointed to:

- The National Steering Committee of the World Solar Prog. on 28 Feb. 1997;
- The National Climate Change Committee in 1997.
- A founder member of the National Committee on Organic Farming in Oct. 1998

Its founding Executive Director was a member of the Environmental Quality Council (EQC) from 1 September 1986 till 31 March 2009.
Its chairman appointed a member of the National Advisory Council from Jan. 2009 till Dec. 2010. The Executive Director appointed a member of the National Energy Efficiency Master Plan Steering Comm. from Oct. 2009 till Sep. 2010.

International Role

Besides its active involvement in the above mentioned Networks, CETDEM has been represented at various international fora like:

- the UN Conference on Environment & Development in Rio;
- the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change;
- the UN Convention on Biological Diversity;
- the Vienna Convention & Montreal Protocol;
- the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes.
- the World Solar Summit; and
- the Conferences of IFOAM.


CETDEM’s efforts have been recognised at national and international levels:

- 2015: CETDEM Chairman received the Green Catalysts Award from Green Technology Corp. Msia;
- 2014: CETDEM Chairman received the 1st Anugerah Tokoh Hijau MBPJ from Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya;
- 2013: CETDEM Chairman received the United Nations Malaysia Award 2013, MDG 7 – Ensure Environmental Sustainability
from the United Nations;

Mr Anthony Tan, CETDEM Executive Director, received the National Energy Globe Award from H.E. Andrea Wicke, Ambassador of Austria to Malaysia and Commercial Counsellor Mr Franz Schröder

- 2012: CETDEM was the recipient of the Energy Globe National Award based on the DDC project;
- 2009: CETDEM Chairman received the Outstanding Sustainability Contribution Award from the Institution of Surveyors, Malaysia;
- 2008: CETDEM Chairman received the Sustainable Consumer Award from the Malaysian Government;
- 2001: CETDEM’s Organic Farming Project Coordinator received the SAIKA Award from the Japan Technological Institute Foundation, nominated by the then International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM) Asia;
- 1993: CETDEM founding Executive Director was the recipient of the Langkawi Award from the Malaysian Government.

Special and Unique Features

1. Demonstration Cool & Energy Efficient House

Bird’s eye view of Demonstration Cool & Energy Efficient House

CETDEM has renovated a house in SS2, Petaling Jaya, Selangor to achieve a comfortable temperature the sustainable way. The demo house also utilises the sun to generate electricity and produce hot water. Although this house does not have air-conditioning, it is quite cool indoor even on a hot sunny day. After renovation works, we have been consistently getting indoor temperatures around 28-30 °C during the day.

We are making available publicly the renovation work, its cost and other measures taken to achieve this comfort.

You are welcome to come visit and view our demonstration house. House visits are arranged upon request only and usually conducted on a Saturday morning. 1 week’s notice is required. We also conduct briefings to interested house owners, building professionals, government agencies and school children.

Recommended group size is 5-10 persons. Minimum group size is 5, maximum size is 20 persons. CETDEM would appreciate a donation of RM10 a person.

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2. Organic Farming Community Centre

Front view of Organic Farming Community Centre

CETDEM Organic Farming Community Centre (OFCC), opened in January 2007, is a focal point/touch base for carrying out various activities organised by the CETDEM Organic Farming Project (COFP). The centre serves as a working model of a learning centre for ecological sustainable living for the local community.

The aim of OFCC is to demonstrate that the community can adopt sustainable principles into their daily lives to achieve minimum negative impacts to the environment in urban housing.

Activities include talks, courses and social gatherings or sharing sessions on health food preparation, seeds sharing, and other community activities.

The Farmer’s Corner is held once a month to every 3rd week of the month except on public holidays and when it does not clash with our major events. Vegetable seeds/seedlings, organic fertilizer, compost and compost bins are available for sale.

Organic Farming Community Centre is located in a corner lot double storey house at

No 29 Jalan 19/15,
Section 19, Petaling Jaya, MALAYSIA

Besides the Organic Garden, the centre also incorporates a Slow Food Kitchen where food is served with vegetables/fruits freshly picked from the garden. Surplus vegetables/fruits will be sold to members at affordable prices.

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3. Sustainability Resource Centre

Storage Locker for Sustainable Documentation Centre

The CETDEM Sustainability Resource Centre is housed at CETDEM’s SS2 Office, and covers issues such as Climate Change, Energy, Transport, Organic Farming and Water.

Resource materials are added on an ongoing basis. An electronic database is used to facilitate easy access to the these materials. Resource materials available at the Centre include:

- Books
- Magazines
- Reports (Annual report/journals/special report)
- Legislation Documents
- Papers & Proceedings (Seminar/Conference/Workshop/Forum/Symposium);
- An extensive collection of local and foreign newspaper articles dating back to 1970s.

The Sustainability Resource Centre is accessible to the public for minimal charges:

- Academic staff and researchers: RM 25 for half day; RM 50 for whole day.
- Private sector companies: RM 50 for half day; RM 100 for whole day.

The Resource Centre is open for visits, upon appointment only:
Mondays-Fridays: 9am to 5pm;
Saturdays: 9am to 1pm;
Closed on Sundays & Public Holiday


CETDEM has generated income from its training events & seminars, sales of publications and the Organic Farm (while in operation). Separate funds have been raised from foreign and local sources for specific projects.

Donations from the public and other Malaysian sources are much appreciated.

All donations to CETDEM have been granted tax-exemption with effect from 1 May 1998

Contact CETDEM

By email:

Chairman of the Board and SUDI Director:
Engr Gurmit Singh s/o Kishan Singh

General Inquiries and matters related to Climate Change, Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Transport, Sustainable Water:
Engr Gurmit Singh s/o Kishan Singh, CETDEM Chairman

Matters related to Organic Farming:
Ms Tan Siew Luang, Organic Farming Project Coordinator

By personal visit or correspondence via post:

17, Jalan SS2/53,
47300 Petaling Jaya, MALAYSIA
(GPS Coordinates 3.1168, 101.6205)

T: +603 – 7875 7767; F: +603 – 7875 4039

Please refer to our SS2 Office location map

Click on SS2 Office location map to enlarge

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Organic Farming Community Centre (OFCC) address:
No 29 Jalan 19/15,
Section 19, Petaling Jaya, MALAYSIA

Please refer to the OFCC location map

Click on OFCC location map to enlarge



All candidates should have matured attitude towards work, also possess good organisational and inter-personal skills, must possess a good command of English and Bahasa Malaysia and are expected to assist in other project related work as and when required.

CETDEM practices Positive Environmental actions such as Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, no-styrofoam.
ALL positions will be based in CETDEM Office, SS2 Petaling Jaya. CETDEM Office Hours: 9am-5pm (Mon-Fri); 9am-1pm (Sat).

Internship & Volunteers

CETDEM maintains a policy to accept both Malaysian and non-Malaysians interns. Acceptance is based on 3 factors – suitability, workload and space availability. Interns are requested to follow CETDEM office hours. Interns usually do not receive any allowance from CETDEM.
(email CV to Engr Gurmit Singh,

We are looking for a volunteer (local/foreign) who has a keen interest in sustainable living/environment, especially vegetable gardening and recycling of organic wastes. Lodging may be considered for those who volunteer 3 months and above. Since we are a small NGO and the project is new, we will encourage those interested in volunteering to source for sponsorship to sustain their cost, if possible.

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