Malaysia-listed energy infrastructure and technology firm Yinson Holdings Berhad (Yinson) has partnered with retailer AEON CO. (M) Bhd (AEON) and AEON BiG (M) Sdn. Bhd, (AEON BiG) to provide charging infrastructure across AEON and AEON BiG shopping outlets in Malaysia and introduce e-mobility leasing solutions for Aeon Group’s logistics fleet.

In a joint statement, Yinson said its green technologies division Yinson GreenTech (YGT) has through its wholly owned subsidiary Yinson Green Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd signed a
Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with AEON and AEON BiG.

Under the agreement, YGT aims to deploy its chargEV chargers complete with value-added services such as customer care and loyalty programmes. YGT also aims to deploy a charging hub for AEON’s and AEON BiG’s future logistic fleet of electric vehicles (EVs), which YGT shall introduce and manage under its comprehensive EV leasing solutions programme.

These services are introduced as part of the AEON Sustainability Charter and are expected to enhance the overall efficiency of AEON and AEON BiG malls while benefiting their retail customers with EV charging services.

The collaboration leverages on YGT’s position as a green technology solutions provider, delivering a clean, integrated and technology-enhanced mobility ecosystem, as well as AEON’s and AEON BiG’s position as one of Malaysia’s largest mall operators and the country’s biggest retailer, respectively – both looking at incorporating sustainable practices into their own business operations.

Yinson Executive Vice President of Technology and New Ventures Eirik Barclay said Yinson’s goal is to help businesses accelerate the transition to a net zero environment.

“Today, we mark another milestone in our efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change as we partner with one of Malaysia’s leading shopping malls, AEON, who has developed a robust sustainability roadmap for its business. Together, we aim to implement green technologies that will bring Malaysia a step closer to realising its goals for a cleaner future,” he said.

Meanwhile, Yinson Senior Vice President Electromobility Ruslin Tamsir said YGT looks forward to collaborating with likeminded partners such as AEON, who want to offer a differentiating experience through green initiatives.

AEON Chief Ventures and Sustainability Officer Azli Mohamed said the partnership with YGT is one of the examples that AEON is operationalising sustainability by enabling sustainable commuting.

“With 28 AEON Malls, 34 AEON Stores and 21 AEON BiG outlets, AEON has the largest retail footprint in Malaysia and we want to be part of the first and largest retail EV charging network ecosystem in Malaysia. AEON aims to lead the retail sector by enabling the ecosystem for sustainable commuting by future-proofing our malls to meet the needs of the surrounding community, enriching their retail experience while maintaining AEON's responsibility towards the environment,” he said.

AEON BIG Managing Director Sheikh Farouk Sheikh Mohamed also said this partnership with YGT will enhance the value proposition of AEON BiG to its customers by integrating a sustainable mobility ecosystem in their shopping experience.

“Together with AEON, we believe such cooperation with YGT will deliver a sustainable impact within the communities we operate,” he said.

YGT invests in novel green businesses, research and development and strategic partnerships to develop integrated smart green assets and infrastructure, ultimately aiming to create a proprietary digital marketplace that provides affordable and accessible tech-based low carbon products and services to help businesses and communities achieve their own net zero ambitions.

Its strategic investments currently include advanced hydrofoil system for electric vessels, e-bike and swappable batteries, autonomous and robotic technology, autonomous systems for electric vehicles, marine energy storage solutions and electric vehicle charging solutions.

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