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Iskandar Malaysia Low Carbon Society’s Inclusive Climate Actions
By: Velerie Siambun, VP, Environment Division, Iskandar Regional Development Authority
Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) oversees the developemnt of Iskandar Malaysia region which consists of five local city authorities–Johor Bahru, Iskandar Puteri, Padir Gudang, Kulai and Pontian.
The Comprehensive Development Plan of the Region has been achored strongly in the “Iskandar Malaysia Holistic Eco-system”:
A resilient ecosystem, anchored by wealth generators, creating regional wealth that is to be shared equally among communities. Wealth generation and wealth sharing, balanced by optimal use of ecological assets, to enhance the Quality of Life in Iskandar Malaysia, turning it into a leading global region. Together with this, spatial management and good governance would enable the realisation of its Vision and goals by 2025.
The “Low Carbon Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia 2025”, launched in 2012, targets on greenhouse gas emissions management, by 2025 and with the base year of 2010:
1) a 40 percent reduction
2) a 58 percent reduction in intensity (Ton of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent per Million of Ringgit Malaysia).
The Blueprint has served as a guidance for policy-makers, businesses, NGOs and others into going green.
The Blueprint outlines low carbon actions on the emission sectors of Building/Stationary Energy, Transportation/Mobile Energy, Waste (non-energy), and Energy Generation. As of 2018 60 out of 281 programmes under the Blueprint have been implemented. In 2017, the Region has achieved a GHG intensity reduction by 13%.
Inclusive Climate Actions in the Iskandar Malaysia Region have been implemented through the inclusivity in policy, inclusivity of process, and inclusivity of impact.
The involvement of children as agent of transformation has been through the school-based program which systematically raises awareness through education, guided behavioural changes. The children-centered program extends to family-scale awareness raising and behavioural change. This program has resulted in annual GHG reduction of 50 kilo ton carbon dioxide equivalent, achieved at the level of family with the children initiating family scale transformation.
Inclusiveness of impact is being implemented thorough the Region’s ambitious target in the public transportation coverage through the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. The public transport system is targetted to have a 90 percent Regional coverage, more than double of the 35 percent of the existing,by 2025. And to increase public transport modal from the current 15 to 45 percent.