28 JULY 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan - Urban development is the primary contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and with population ever growing, this situation will worsen unless steps are taken to apply green and sustainable approaches in urban development.
Having committed to reduce its carbon intensity of GDP by 45% by year 2030 compared with 2005 levels, Malaysia has put in place policies and frameworks to ensure development is carried out in a green and sustainable manner that does not further exacerbate climate change. This includes the Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF), Green Building Index aside from other green rating tools and systems for buildings, which have seen, among others, municipalities declared as low carbon cities and premises rated as Green Buildings.
Participants at the Sustainable Cities Week to be held at the Malaysia Pavilion from July 31 to August 4, will learn about the approaches undertaken by Malaysia as well as products and services offered by Malaysian companies, during this series of Malaysia’s weekly business programme at EXPO 2017.
The LCCF, for example, is a guide for developers, local councils, town planners and non-governmental organisations to lower the levels of carbon emissions in cities, with specific focus on improving the environment, transportation, infrastructure and creating low carbon buildings.
Malaysia’s green city success stories will be highlighted by the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) during a talk on “Low Carbon Cities Framework Implementation: The Malaysia Experience” on July 31, while , while ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the leading global network of more than 1,500 cities, townships and regions committed to building a sustainable future , will continue the low carbon conversation with its talk on “Green Climate Cities Program: A Pathway to Urban Low-Carbon Development.” Closing out the first day will be the Centre for Tropical Climate Change Systems at the National University of Malaysia (UKM) delivering a talk on “Natural Green House Gases in Urban Areas: Why and How?”
On day two of Sustainable Cities Week, August 1, the Mayor of Penang Island Council will share a case study on the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai’s (MPSP) success in boosting urban sustainability. Following this, the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia (CIDB) will highlight carbon management through the Malaysian Carbon Reduction & Environmental Sustainability Tool (MyCREST) and CENVIRO Sdn Bhd will present a talk on “Integrated Waste Management in Malaysia.”
The following day on August 2, there will be a panel discussion on “Building Cities and Human Settlement Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable” moderated by GreenTech Malaysia, with panelists including the Mayor of Penang Island Council and President of Putrajaya Corporation (PPJ), as well as representatives from Green Building Index Sdn Bhd (GBI), and Sime Darby Property Berhad.
One of the flagship green township in Malaysia is its government administrative centre of Putrajaya. On August 3, the President of Putrajaya Corporation (PPJ) will present a talk on “Realising Putrajaya as a Global Sustainable Administrative City”, while Sime Darby Property Berhad will speak on “Development of Sustainable Township.”
Green tools and systems will be the highlight on the final day of Sustainable Cities Week on August 4, as GBI delivers a talk on “Green Building Rating Tools” and the National Energy University (UNITEN) sheds light on its Biogas Electricity Homes System (BEHomes).
UNITEN will also be showcasing its Green Security for Smart Cities, which is a framework and solutions offered to smart cities and smart buildings to improve security, based on the business operation and sustainability of the smart city itself.
Also showcasing its smart cities solution during Sustainable Cities Week is TXMR Sdn Bhd, a manufacturer of automation engineering products. The company will present its range of automation solutions that provide other manufacturers, warehouse operators and industrial rack provides with improved process efficiency.
Throughout the 13 weeks of EXPO 2017, Malaysia will showcase its leadership in promoting green energy, aside from other key sectors of the economy such as tourism, education, water and wastewater, green innovation, green transportation and smart cities, including through its weekly business programme.
Malaysia’s participation at EXPO 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan is organised by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia and implemented by its agency GreenTech Malaysia.