Iskandar Malaysia Strengthen Its Commitment In Low Carbon Society

ISKANDAR PUTERI, TUESDAY, 14 APRIL 2017: A forum on Scaling Up Investment in Low Carbon Cooling & Heating was officiated by Johor State Executive Council for Public Works, Rural and Regional Development, YB Datuk Ir. Haji Hasni bin Hj. Mohammad in Puteri Harbour today.

The forum was co-organized by Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and United Nations Environment to kick-off the collaboration under the District Energy in Cities Initiative which aims to accelerate the district energy market in Iskandar Malaysia. The first step in this collaboration will be the joint development of planning guidelines for district cooling development in Iskandar Malaysia.

We always have this analogy that whenever there is development, there is always a price to pay in terms of energy usage and environmental degradation. But not so for Iskandar Malaysia because we would like to see, as we continue to develop and as we open up new area, we also want to be able to showcase that we continue to observe and have better environment,” said Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority.

According to UN Environment and the Initiative’s partners, district energy, a general term that encompasses district cooling systems, can reduce electricity consumption for cooling by up to 50%, while reducing costs for consumers between 10-35% and enabling a transition from climate-damaging refrigerants.

Malaysia has already developed several successful district cooling projects and is a leader in the region. However, growing demand for air conditioning in the country, coupled with fast-paced real estate development, requires the scaling-up of this vital cooling solution. Iskandar Malaysia expects to increase its energy efficiency reduction target from 24% in targeted sectors by 2030, through implementation of district energy and energy efficiency in buildings.

“This forum has showcased the huge potential for district cooling in Iskandar and Malaysia. Today, we’ve heard from projects in Malaysia able to cut peak electricity demand by up to 55% accompanied by significant CO2, electricity consumption and refrigerant savings,” said Lily Riahi, Advisor on Sustainable Energy in Cities at UN Environment.

“By bringing together stakeholders relevant to district cooling development in the region, alongside our partners with international expertise, this forum has generated the ideas and best practice that can deliver these benefits across Malaysia.”

With the participation of international technical experts, local district energy players, local developers as well as related Ministries and government agencies in this forum, it is envisaged that all related parties can share their views and experiences by addressing challenges and barriers faced in the implementation of district energy players in Malaysia.

Pierre Cheyron, Chief Executive Officer, ENGIE Services Asia-Pacific said, “Climate change has accelerated the pace in which countries in Asia Pacific have adopted low-carbon solutions. As such, our goal is to bring clean energy and energy efficient solutions like district cooling and heating networks to meet the needs of smart cities in the region. Our district cooling system in Megajana demonstrates innovative green technology to support Cyberjaya as a model for a sustainable and green township.”

The forum showcased district cooling from champion cities of the Initiative and provided a platform to discuss business models, that currently impedes district energy implementation in Malaysia, as well as strategies for district cooling moving forward.

The two-days forum were on 11 April and 12 April 2017 and it continued will with a workshop to assess the feasibility of upcoming District Energy projects in Iskandar Malaysia and a technical visit to an existing District Cooling System in Cyberjaya the following day.

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About Iskandar Malaysia

Iskandar Malaysia is an economic development corridor booming in Southern Johor, Malaysia. The development region encompasses an area of 2,217 square kilometres which is three times the size of Singapore and two times the size of Hongkong. Iskandar Malaysia is envisaged to capitalize on its current synergies with Singapore as it aims to complement each other as an economic hub. Meticulously planned under the Iskandar Malaysia Comprehensive Development plan (CDP), the economic region comprises of five flagship zones.

Encompassing a vast acreage of land, it is the largest single development project ever to be undertaken in the region. Because of its strategic location, accessibility to leading Asian cities, proximity to some of the world’s most rapidly growing and important economies, Iskandar Malaysia is poised to attract an exciting influx of foreign and high-level corporate investments as discerning investors look to benefit from growth in Asean and Asia. Located in Johor, the southern gateway to Peninsular Malaysia, its advantages include:

  • Six to eight hours flight radius from Asia’s burgeoning growth centres such as Bangalore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.
  • Within reach of a global market of some 800 million people.
  • Accessible by air, land, rail and sea. • Flanked by three major ports, the Pasir Gudang Port, Port of Tanjung Pelepas and Tanjung Langsat Port.

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