Gan Pei Ling

Gan Pei Ling is a journalist based in Kuala Lumpur. She keeps an environmental column at Malaysian online portal The Nut Graph and writes about local affairs and marginalized communities for community weekly Selangor Times.

How can cities, especially those in developing countries, become more energy-efficient and sustainable? The recent World Cities Summit in Singapore brought no easy answers. Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia from India highlighted during the conference’s keynote plenary that her country needs to pump in some $400 billion in the next two decades to improve its urban infrastructure…

Two teams from Qatar were the first to build cars powered by gas-to-liquid (GTL) fuel in Shell* Eco-marathon Asia since the regional competition began in 2010. The Aggielanders from Texas A&M University at Qatar, which contested in the Urban Concept category, failed to complete the trial runs while Gernas 2 from Qatar University, which joined the…

Team Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa from Thailand surpassed their own fuel efficiency record from last year by 31 percent to clinch the top place at Shell* Eco-marathon Asia, which concluded on July 7. The students from Dhurakij Pubdit University, whose prototype car runs on ethanol, improved their mileage from 2,213.4 kilometers per liter (5,206.2…

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Named after the legendary king, the Solomon Fuel Cell Vehicle from Taiwan won the Design Award at Shell* Eco-marathon Asia over the weekend and topped the race in the Urban Concept – Hydrogen category with a fuel efficiency record of 63 kilometers (39.1 miles) per kilowatt-hour. The vehicle featured a Star Wars-inspired “Jedi Knight” design, touch…

An electric car designed by students from Universiti Sains Malaysia stood out among 119 teams competing in the Asian leg of Eco-marathon, an annual fuel efficiency competition, for its unique choice of body material: plywood. “We chose to use wood because it’s strong and biodegradable,” said manager of Team USM-EVT, David Chew, when met at…

The Zero Energy Building in Singapore is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. The retrofitted building has been running entirely on solar power since it began operating in 2009 and had even recorded a cumulative surplus of 37 megawatt hours of electricity as at June 25 this year. Converted from a former workshop, the…

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With a smart heating and cooling system and renewable energy, the city district of Västra Hamnen (Western Harbor), in Malmö, Sweden has established itself as the first carbon-neutral neighborhood in Europe, says Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu. Västra Hamnen, also known as the City of Tomorrow, was transformed from a former shipyard in 2001 and is now…

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Over 15,000 government leaders, industry experts and civil society delegates converge in Singapore from July 1-5 to attend the World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and the inaugural Clean Enviro Summit to exchange ideas and emerging solutions to develop sustainable cities. Driven by emerging economies, close to half a billion people in India and…