The New Cycle of Iskandar Malaysia Green Accord Initiative Award (GAIA) 2021/2022 Focuses On Health And Happiness

Iskandar Malaysia, 30 November
The new cycle of Iskandar Malaysia’sGreen Accord Initiative Award (GAIA) 2021/2022 is opened for registration starting today with the introduction of an online submission form.

YB Tuan Vidyananthan A/L Ramanadhan, Johor State EXCO for Health and Environment, launched the award this morning via a virtual platform and expressed his excitement to witness another important event in conjunction with Iskandar Malaysia 15th anniversary.

This year, the award will be given out in three (3) categories - Commercial and Individual Properties Building, Industrial Building, and Township.

“To date, a total of 15 projects comprising of 12 buildings and 3 townships have been awarded GAIA, including several special mention awards,” said Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA).

He further added that “A total 22,657 tonnes kg of carbon dioxide has been avoided or equivalent to 580,951 trees planted from the GAIA initiative since 2016. It was a
tremendous effort from the GAIA stakeholders to reduce the carbon footprint in the built environment and contribute to Iskandar Malaysia’s target to reduce 58% GHG intensity by 2030 inline and further accelerating Malaysia’s goal to achieve Net Zero nation by 2050.”

IRDA also encouraged people to adopt a green built environment given its proven health and productivity benefits. It is vital to ensure that Iskandar Malaysia meets the Key Happiness Outcome (KHO), as suggested by the Prime Minister of Malaysia where the quantity and quality of sustainable built environments and green buildings has a direct correlation with ‘KHO’.

Vidyananthan also introduced the lineup of the independent panel of GAIA judges which consist of experts from various backgrounds. They are Prof Dr. Mohd Hamdan Bin Hj Ahmad (Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Development, UTM); Prof Dr. Ho Chin Siong (Director of UTM-Low Carbon Asia Research Centre); Encik Mohd Norlisam Bin Mohd Nordin (General Manager-Corporate of SWM Environment Sdn Bhd), En Ahmad Zafuan Mohamed Kassim (National Expert to the United National Industrial Development Organisation UNIDO-MAEESTA Project); and En Mohd Shah Hambali Arifin (Deputy Director of Energy Demand Management), SEDA Malaysia.

The GAIA panel will then assess all the shortlisted submissions and verifications as well as share their professional advice with all the shortlisted candidates.

The GAIA registration period is open from today until 2 May 2022. In line with our effort towards reducing the carbon footprint, registration and submission processes to participate in Building Energy Monitoring & Reporting System (BEMRS) are made simple by filling in the prepared template which is jointly developed by Tokyo Metropolitan Government and IRDA.

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