Centre for Research of Innovation and Sustainable Development (CRISD) is proposed to enhance research activities to support the state’s need on Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy 2018-2022. The main objective is to achieve the Sarawak state transformation programme to become a developed state with high income economy by 2030. Under the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy 2018 – 2022, Sarawak Government had set out the possible directions for Sarawak to leapfrog into the digital economy and to be at the forefront of the digital world. The vision of this program is for Sarawak new economy to be powered by knowledge, innovation and digital technology.
Sarawak has been relying heavily on non-renewable resources and this is clearly not sustainable in the long run. Manufacturing Industry 4.0 is one of the anchor sectors for Sarawak Digital Economy. Under this sector, one of the strategic action is to explore various opportunities for alternative energy. This can be done by promoting renewable resources, in order not to exploit limited natural resources. The target is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
As Sarawak embarked on its transformation program, the state government has invested heavily in hydropower infrastructure in the Sarawak Corridor for Renewable Energy (SCORE) project, such as Bakun dam, which allows provision of competitively priced clean energy to investors. However, with the development of mega and sensitive projects, emerging environmental issues will become more complex and mitigating these will require proactive and integrated initiatives by all stakeholders. Management of factory waste is also an issue. The state government has also urged the need to enhance the efficiency of solid water waste management to prevent pollution and waterborne disease in Sarawak due to disposal of waste. This issue is raised under the SMART CITY section in Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy 2018 – 2022 with the main objective to provide healthier environment and efficient waste management. One solution is that the waste of the factory can be utilized to produce useful products that can benefit the society.
Efforts will also be taken to transform the State economy from commodity-based to more value added economy. This will be achieved through industrialization by capitalizing on natural resources in the State. Detail research needs to be done to ensure that the processing of our natural resources follows the green supply chain approach.
UCTS is strategically located in the central region and can easily engaged with private sectors under SCORE industries and Sarawak government agencies such as Modernization of Agriculture and Rural Economy and Ministry of utilities Sarawak (MoU) to pursue research and development on sustainable development and innovation in the energy and materials. The research centre is focusing on green energy and materials through interdisciplinary research. With all these, the research focus of the centre will revolve along local needs, as well as the State Government direction in developing sustainable wealth generation.
CRISD is aimed to develop quality research and technology advancement innovatively through interdisciplinary approach. The current expertise in the field will pursue high impact activities such as research, trainings, seminars, public lectures and innovation that can benefit the industry and society.
The vision for the centre is to be a globally acknowledged centre for green energy and materials.
- To be the referral centre in the area of sustainable material and green energy
- To discover new knowledge in materials and create eco-friendly systems in the future
- To innovate development in both energy and materials research
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