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Resilient Environment

Globally, the Green agenda has gained considerable ground as the general consensus is that it is a necessary survival tactic that needs to take place in a widespread and tightly coordinated manner to tip the balance back in the Earth’s favour.

For Iskandar Malaysia, creating a research-based, fully implementable green blueprint became a top priority. To this end, IRDA teamed up with leading researchers from Kyoto University, the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Okayama University and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) to develop the Low Carbon Society Blueprint, which was launched at the prestigious 18th Conference of Parties (COP18) meeting in Doha in November 2012 before an international audience.

This Blueprint illustrates strategies to slash Iskandar Malaysia’s carbon intensity emissions by half by 2025 to create a greener, more sustainable yet economically dynamic environment, and was established on Iskandar Malaysia’s three pillars of the Economy, Community and Environment. The Blueprint is premised on the active participation and consensus-building with major stakeholders in Iskandar Malaysia, including the public and private sectors, NGOs and the community.

Blueprint Green Economy

Five Actions advocated by the Blueprint to fulfill a green economy vision

Integrated Green Transportation
Green Industry
Low Carbon Urban Governance
Green Building and Construction
Green Energy Systems and Renewable Energy

Chief of these actions is to have an integrated public transportation system in Iskandar Malaysia, with the objective of increasing the public transport modal share in Iskandar Malaysia from the current 18% to 40% in 2025.

To facilitate the creation of a green industry, IRDA is measures to encourage the creation of low carbon goods and services as well as ‘carbon-literate’ workers at all levels are being instituted. This involves replacing or upgrading existing equipment with better-performing low carbon-endorsed equipment. Under the Green Building and Constructions category, building industry stakeholders are encouraged to create a low carbon society through incentives and education. More than one-third of all new and existing buildings are to be green, sustainable and energy-efficient with 50% of the
materials and equipment utilised to promote energy efficiency.

Projects & Programmes

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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