Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCOM)
Following the discussion in United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Conference of the Parties (COP 23) 2017 in Bonn, Germany, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) officially became a member of Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCOM). GCOM is a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making communities more resilient to climate change and regularly report their progress publicly. The coalition comprises more than 10,000 cities across 6 continents and 138 countries.
CDP Cities Reporting Platform
As a member of GCOM, Iskandar Malaysia is committed to disclosing and reporting our Climate Action Plans and Goals, Climate Mitigation and Adaptation through the CDP Cities Reporting Platform. CDP uses the scoring methodology to incentivise cities to measure and manage environmental impacts. CDP is a global environmental impact non-profit, providing a platform for all companies and cities to report information on their climate, water and deforestation impacts.
By taking part in CDP, IRDA can explore publicly disclosed data from over 800 cities, benchmark Iskandar Malaysia climate action against other cities globally and learn about what climate risks other cities are facing and what actions they are taking to adapt.
Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge
The Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC) is one of the most successful initiatives taken under the LCS program. Its objectives are: (a) to educate both students, parents and teachers on low carbon issues and ideas; and (b) to share the tools with which LCS is developing in Iskandar Malaysia.
IMELC is jointly organised by four strategic partners namely Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Johor (JPNJ, the State of Johor Education Department), and SWM Environment Sdn. Bhd. The IMELC 2019 was also strongly supported by the Green Technology Application for the Development of Low Carbon Cities (GTALCC).
Iskandar Malaysia Greenhouse Gas
IRDA has been tracking Iskandar Malaysia Greenhouse Gas performance for the year 2015, 2016 and 2017. Iskandar Malaysia is the first in Malaysia to use an internationally recognised standard – the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory (GPC) – to account for the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) within the IM boundary, which covers five local authorities.
Building Energy Monitoring & Reporting System (BEMRS)
BEMRS is a reporting tool for measuring building energy performance as well as to track and monitor the Green House Gases (GHG) emission through the achievement of the building energy-saving programme. The BEMRS was adopted as one of the catalytic programmes under the Green Technology Application for the Development of Low Carbon Cities (GTALCC), which is funded by the Global Environment Facility and championed by UNDP and managed for Malaysia by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA). Under the GTALCC, BEMRS can be replicated to spearhead the wider adoption of the low carbon cities concept and initiatives at local authority level.
CASBEE Iskandar Project – Capacity Training Module.
The Comprehensive Assessment System of Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE) is a tried and tested assessment tool widely adopted and used Japan, and has been customised for a tropical country like Malaysia. Iskandar Malaysia is the pioneer of CASBEE in the country. Several pilots and projects have been done over the past 5 years and have shown that this assessment tool is robust and very effective.
Green Accord Initiative Award
The prestigious Green Accord Initiative Award (GAIA) started in 2016 to encourage stakeholders’ commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship and to increase voluntary environmental initiatives especially by private organisations in the economic region.
GAIA was designed, managed and being promoted by IRDA but the actual assessment of buildings and areas are scrutinised and decisions are made by an Independent Panel of Judges made of University professors, SEDA Malaysia, UNDP Malaysia, and industry. When judging the entries, the judges assess the contents of each submission and then verified them during their site inspections. Once these stages are carried out, the judges then submit their agreed results to IRDA, who then hold the GAIA event to announce the recipients.