2 AUGUST 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan - The Mayor of Penang Island City Council, Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif, today officiated the launch of Sustainable Cities Week at the Malaysia Pavilion. The session on Sustainable Cities aims to put the spotlight on sustainable urban development as cities continue to be the primary contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for 70% of the world’s carbon emissions.
Also present at the launch were Ambassador of Malaysia to the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Syed Mohamad Bakri Syed Abdul Rahman, First Deputy Mayor of West-Kazakhstan Region Mr. Utegulov Arman, and Deputy Mayor of Uralsk City Mr. Nurzhanov Mirbolat.
Organized as part of the Malaysia Pavilion’s weekly business program at EXPO 2017, the Sustainable Cities Week, held from July 31 to August 4, involves a series of talks and panel discussions for knowledge and experience sharing as well as business matching sessions to foster collaboration between Malaysian companies and their counterparts in Kazakhstan and other participating EXPO countries.
During the launch, Datin Paduka Che Asmah Ibrahim, Vice President (Green Living) at Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia), said “Fuelled by rising population, urban development is expected to escalate and produce even more carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. It is imperative that steps are taken to implement green and sustainable development.”
“In Malaysia, we have introduced the Low Carbon Cities Framework to guide local authorities and developers in making decisions on greener solutions. With growing interest from local authorities in developing low carbon cities and townships, we are increasingly confident that we are on the right path to reach our objective of making Malaysia a low-carbon, climate-resilient green economy.”
Earlier this week, Che Asmah presented a talk on the implementation of the Low Carbon Cities Framework in Malaysia to mitigate climate change. The Mayor of Penang Island Council, Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif also shared one of Malaysia’s low carbon city success stories during her talk on the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai (MPSP)’s efforts in boosting urban sustainability and turning Seberang Perai into one of the most livable and progressive cities in the country.
The first two days of Sustainable Cities Week also included other talks on solutions and tools to support sustainable urban development, including “Green Climate Cities Program: A Pathway to Urban Low-Carbon Development” by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, “Natural Green House Gases in Urban Areas: Why and How?” by the National University of Malaysia (UKM), carbon management through the Malaysian Carbon Reduction & Environmental Sustainability Tool (MyCREST) by the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia (CIDB), and “Integrated Waste Management in Malaysia” by CENVIRO.
Coming up later this week on August 3 is a showcase of another successful Malaysian green city. Datuk Seri Hj Hasim Hj Ismail, President of Putrajaya Corporation (PPJ) will deliver a talk on realizing Putrajaya as a global sustainable city. Putrajaya, the Federal Government Administrative Centre of Malaysia, is one of the country’s pioneering and flagship green townships. It is taking the lead in becoming a sustainable city, with a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 60% by 2025 compared with 2012 levels, and making the city cooler by two degrees Celcius.
On the same day, Sime Darby Property Berhad will also present a talk on “Development of Sustainable Township.” On August 4, green tools and systems will be the highlight as GBI Sdn Bhd delivers a talk on “Green Building Rating Tools”, while the National Energy University (UNITEN) sheds light on its Biogas Electricity Homes System (BEHomes).
UNITEN will 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. TXMR Sdn Bhd, a manufacturer of automation engineering products, will also be presenting its range of automation solutions that provide other manufacturers, warehouse operators and industrial rack provides with improved process efficiency.
During today’s launch of Sustainable Cities Week, there was a panel discussion on “Building Cities and Human Settlement Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable” moderated by Che Asmah. Panelists included Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Mayor of Penang Island Council; Datuk Seri Hj Hasim Hj Ismail, President of Putrajaya Corporation (PPJ); Ir. Chen Thiam Leong, Co-Chair of the Accreditation Panel for Green Building Index Sdn Bhd (GBI); and Nor Azahar Mohd Husain, Head of Sustainability and Quality for Sime Darby Property Berhad.
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. For more information on Malaysia at EXPO 2017, visit http://www.greenfuturemalaysia.com or www.facebook.com/EXPO17Malaysia