Shell Malaysia Ltd has disbursed grants totalling RM338,000 to initiate 13 sustainable development projects by non-governmental organisations and special interest groups under its Shell Development Grants Programme for this year.

Introduced in 2008, the programme aims to accelerate Malaysia’s sustainable development progress by empowering qualified groups such as Malaysia-based NGOs, local academic institutions, schools, societies and individuals to initiate projects under the sustainable development chapter.

Shell Malaysia chairman Iain Lo said that of the 13 awarded grants, seven were for sustainable livelihood projects, while the remaining six were chosen for their support of environmental conservation.

“Since its inception, the Shell Sustainable Development Grants Programme has remained focused on two main areas, namely environmental conservation and sustainable livelihood,” he said at the grant presentation ceremony today.

Lo said the grants were given to three organisations from Peninsular Malaysia, six from Sabah and four from Sarawak.

Natural Resources and Environment Ministry deputy secretary-general (Environment) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahim Nik delivered the grants.