Western Digital partners with Tenaga Nasional to integrate renewable energy within its Malaysia operations

  • Company aims to achieve 100% renewal energy globally by 2030
  • Collaboration with TNB will help fulfil 25% of its domestic energy requirements

(Left to Right): Dr. Wan Syakirah Wan Abdullah, head of Business Assessment & Engineering, TNB Renewables; Nasaruddin Mohd Zaini, chief customer officer (Government & Large Business, Retail Division), TNB; Hanif Bin Siraf, COO/acting managing director, TNB Renewables; Zahiri Hashim, chief new Energy officer, TNB; Bock Kim Lee, senior vice president, Western Digital; Chandramogan Anamirtham, vice president Global Operations, Western Digital; Joseph Fernandez George Fernandez, director operations, Western Digital; Lim Boon Soo, vice president, general manager of SDSM Operations, Western Digital; James Lau, director of facilities, Western Digital; Sanjay Suppaiah, manager Program Management Engineering, Western Digital & Ch’ng Hock Loong, senior director finance, Western Digital.

Western Digital has signed a collaboration with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) through its wholly-owned subsidiary, TNB Renewables Sdn. Bhd. to drive renewable energy implementation in its operations in Malaysia with the signing of the Corporate Green Power Agreement (CGPA) under the Corporate Green Power Program (CGPP). 

Under this CGPA, Western Digital will acquire renewable energy from TNB Renewables Sdn. Bhd. The new solar power generation facility will be built for Western Digital’s consumption in Kedah. This would be deployed to three Western Digital operations sites in Malaysia, including SanDisk Storage Malaysia (SDSM), WD Media Penang and WD Media Johor, fulfilling 25% of the company’s overall energy requirement in the country. TNB Renewables seeks to provide competitively priced and consistent power supply sourced from renewable energy for various industries committed to sustainable practices and cleaner energy consumption.

“This collaboration with TNB is an important milestone for Western Digital to help achieve our ambitious target of running our global operations on 100% renewable energy by 2030 and further reinforces our company’s core commitment to sustainability,” said Bock Kim Lee, Senior Vice President, Global Flash Backend Operations, Western Digital.

Western Digital's participation in the CGPP program in Malaysia adds to the company's ongoing efforts to drive renewable energy implementations at its local sites. Globally, Western Digital has also entered into long-term renewable energy agreements in other countries including the Philippines and the United States.

Western Digital has set ambitious goals as part of its sustainability program. The company’s targets include running its global operations on 100% renewable energy, reducing water withdrawals by 20%, and diverting more than 95% of the company’s operational waste from landfills by 2030, and achieving net zero emissions in the company’s operations (Scope 1 and 2 emissions) by 2032. Its Batu Kawan site was also recognised by the World Economic Forum’s Lighthouse Network as Asia’s first Sustainability Lighthouse.


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