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Sustainability Agenda

Malaysia together with other 192 world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 25 September 2015. This is a global commitment towards a more sustainable, resilient and inclusive development, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets.

Key Policy Enablers

The Malaysian Government recognises the importance of investments in driving the sustainable growth and has incorporated initiatives aligned with the SDGs in its national development frameworks. The Twelfth Malaysia Plan), the New Investment Policy, the upcoming New Industrial Master Plan (NIMP) and the National Environmental, Social and Governance Industry Framework (i-ESG) for the manufacturing sector all encompass elements that contribute to the SDGs.

What is SDG Investor Map?

The SDG Investor Map is a market intelligence tool that can guide private investors to direct capital and activities towards SDG-aligned investments themes and business models, known as investment opportunity areas (“IOAs”). Maps provide investors with market intelligence for the highlighted IOAs, along with data on the expected development impact and financial prospects of such investments. 

Malaysia SDG Investor Map resulted from a fruitful partnership between UNDP Malaysia Country Office. Malaysia’s Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI) and the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). Developed with technical support from one of UNDP’s global policy centres, the IICPSD (Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development) and the UNDP SDG impact, the Malaysia SDG Investor Map identifies investment opportunity  areas (IOAs) that are aligned with Malaysia’s national priorities, and SDG needs while carrying considerable investment potential in Malaysia.

Investment Opportunity Areas (IOAs)

Information & Communications

Cybersecurity solutions focusing on ‘secure-by-design’ and ‘security response’ for SMEs

Agrometeorological data collection and analytics technologies


Medical devices manufacturing

Production of sustainable packaging including biodegradable materials

Electricity, Gas, Steam & Air Conditioning Supply

Installation of rooftop solar PV solutions for industrial and commercial premises

Energy Storage Systems (ESS)

Micro and mini hydro solutions

Transportation & Storage

Smart Warehouse Solutions for Port and Cold-chain Logistics

Financial & Insurance/Takaful Activities

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending and equity crowdfunding (ECF) for MSMEs

Customised insurtech products for MSMEs

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)

Water Supply, Sewerage, Waste Management & Remediation Activities

Integration of smart technologies in Transfer Stations and Material Recovery Facilities

Low-carbon decentralised solutions for waste treatment

Human Health and Social Work Activities

Supply of Suitable Infrastructure to Support the Customers and Beneficiaries of the Care Economy

Personalised Caregiving Services for the Elderly, Persons With Disabilities (PWD) and Children

Sustainability Related Incentives under MIDA

Green Technology

  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Integrated Waste Management
  • Green Data Centre
  • Green Building
  • Electric Vehicle (Services)
  • Green Certification & Verification (Services)
  • Green Township (Services)
  • Renewable Energy (Solar PV)

Promoted Activities and Products

General List

  • Recycling of waste
  • Biodegradable disposable packaging products & Household wares
  • Agricultural Waste or Agricultural by-products
    Processed products from:
    • Palm kernel cake
    • Palm oil mill effluent
    • Palm biomass
  • Alternative energy equipment, products, systems, devices or components
    • Solar cells or panels or module or systems
    • Rechargeable batteries or storage systems
    • Fuel cells
  • Energy saving lighting
  • Electrical products:
    • Uninterruptible power supplies
    • Inverters or converters

Selected Industries

  • Oil Palm Biomass
    • Utilisation of palm biomass to produce value added products

High Technology

  • Alternative energy technology: Design, development and manufacture of products, equipment, systems, devices or components for use in alternative energy sectors.

Electric Mobility Ecosystem

  • Assembly of Energy Efficient Vehicles
  • Critical Components/ Systems for Energy Efficient Vehicles and non-Energy Efficient Vehicles
  • Component for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment