Founded in 1985, CETDEM is an independent, non-profit, training, research, consultancy, referral, and development organization. It is committed to improving environmental quality through the appropriate use of technology and sustainable development.
Currently, it has a membership ceiling of 50 persons and is run by a seven-member Board of Directors.
It offers training courses in
- organic farming, and
Target sectors are:
- citizen groups, and
- the public
CETDEM has available a group of Malaysian resource persons with extensive technical and research experience to provide expertise and advice in all the areas of its concern.
CETDEM welcomes collaboration in all forms from all interested parties, whether local or foreign.
From time to time, it publishes specific reports and studies in the various fields of its concern and it operates a documentation centre, which is open to other researchers and the public.
Gurmit Singh, its then Executive Director, was appointed to the Environmental Quality Council on 1 April 1997.
In 1997, CETDEM was appointed to the National Steering Committee of the World Solar Programme and the National Climate Committee.
In 1998, it became a founder member of the National Committee on Organic Farming.
Board of Directors
-Loh Lean Kang
-Noor Mohamed b. M.H.
-Anthony Tan (Executive Director)
-Gurmit Singh K.S. (Chairman of the Board, founding Executive Director)
CETDEM was a founder member of the Malaysian Environmental & Conservation Network [and its second Coordinator from August 1990 till Sept. 96] and coordinated the Malaysian Organic Farming Network [MOFAN] [from May 1990 till January 1998].
It has joined:
- The Malaysian Climate Change Group in February 1993 [becoming its 2nd Convenor on 26 July 1994],
- International Network for Sustainable Energy in May 1994 Â· the Basel Action Network in February 1998
- The International Fed. of Organic Agriculture Movements [IFOAM] in April 98,
- The Sustainable & Peaceful Energy Network, Asia [SPENA] in mid-1998
It hosted the Regional Secretariat of the Climate Action Network SE Asia [CANSEA] from 1 January 1996 to 31 December 1997 and from January 2002 to May 2006 and from 1 July 2010 for a period of 2 years.
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. Collaborators have included the DOE, SIRIM, UTM, IEM, MIM, TNB & MOA.
Since October 1986, these have covered wind energy, environmentally sound technology, organic farming, environmental audits, biodiversity policy, & renewable energy. Click here to find out how to access the CETDEM Documentation Centre.
Support has come from a variety of organizations: PETRONAS, BftW, NOVIB, FES, ELCI, DANIDA, UNDP & MacArthur Foundation.
3. AWARENESS RAISING
Since October 1985, events have covered environment, technology, organic farming, water & sanitation, international issues, sustainable development, energy efficiency, renewable energy, ISO14000 & Climate Change.
Collaborators have included MAE, MOSTE, DOE, MECM, EPSM, APPROTECH ASIA, ELCI, UNEP, MMS, & SIRIM.
4. ORGANIC FARMING
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. Project on Increasing Awareness & Building Capacity on Urban Malaysians on Sustainable Energy Options funded by the UNDP/GEF April 2003 – June 2006.
6 Project to Work with the PJ Community on Sustainable Energy Usage funded by ExxonMobil January – December 2006.
7. Project to set up a Demonstration & Documentation Centre on Sustainable Energy funded by DANIDA March 2004 – February 2007.
8. Project to Create Awareness on Climate Change, Energy Use and Transport funded by Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) April 2007 – Feb 2008.
9. Project on Community Household Composting in Petaling Jaya funded by DANIDA-SWMC June 2008 – December 2009.
10. Secondary School Energy Efficiency Action Project funded by ExxonMobil November 2008 – January 2010.
11. Creating Awareness and Action among urban M’sians to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions through Sustainable Transport Options (STOP) co-funding from GEF SGP Malaysia, November 2008 – December 2010 .
1. The Organic Farming project switched to training & extension in October 1996 & is currently self-funded.
Besides its active involvement in the Networks mentioned earlier, 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.
It has also been present at the World Solar Summit and Conferences of IFOAM.
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. Resort to donations from the public and other Malaysian sources has been necessary to meet operating costs from time to time.
# All donations to CETDEM have been granted tax-exemption w.e.f. 1 May 1998.
The Malaysian Government acknowledged CETDEMs environmental work by giving the 1993 Langkawi Award to its founding Executive Director. IFOAM Asia gave the 2001 Saika Award to CETDEMs Organic Farming Project Coordinator.
Demonstration Cool & Energy Efficient House
Visits are conducted for groups of 5-10 persons by appointment only. Appointment is necessary at 2 weeks notice.
Organic Farming Initiatives
The Organic Farming Community Centre was established in January 2007. Please visit the Organic Farming section to view the schedule of activities.
Types of Climate Change related documents available in our resource centre:
Reports (Annual report/journals/special report)
Local / international Articles (e.g. press release)
Our resource centre is accessible to the public with minimal charges. Opening hours are:
Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Saturday 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
For more information or clarification, or to discuss joint projects, kindly contact us at:-
17, Jalan SS2/53, 47300 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603-7875 7767
Fax: +603- 7875 4039
P.O. Box 382
46740 Petaling Jaya
If you are visiting CETDEM, click here for map.
(CETDEM Office GPS Coordinates 3.1168, 101.6205)
Climate Change, Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Transport, Sustainable Water:
Anthony Tan, CETDEM Executive Director
Tan Siew Luang, Organic Farming Project Coordinator
Anthony Tan, CETDEM Executive Director
OFP ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR (AC)
The main function of the OFP Activities Coordinator (AC) is to assist the OFP Project Coordinator with organising and coordinating activities related to Organic Farming Project. Scope includes office and administrative work related to OFP. AC is expected to assist in other project related work as and when required. The prospective candidate must possess a good command of (spoken & written) English and Bahasa Malaysia. Ability to speak Mandarin or Chinese dialect will be considered positively.
This position will be based in CETDEM Office, SS2 Petaling Jaya.
Kindly submit CV and application letter via email to Ms Tan Hwee Noi, CETDEM OF Project Coordinator, immediately.
(*) VOLUNTEER WANTED.
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.