MELAKA: Melaka is close to becoming the first state in Malaysia to fully embrace green technology revolution, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.
Idris said the state initially looked at successful stories of other cities as inspiration and began implementing more environmental-friendly policies and concepts in the state in 2013.
“Over the years this has brought about positive results and and we are not far from achieving our vision of going 100% green in about a decade or so.
“This forecast is also supported by innovations that are capable of protecting the environment in the state,” he said in his keynote address during the opening of Urban Environmental Accords (UEA) Summit at A’Famosa Resort in Alor Gajah here.
The event was attended by South Korea’s Tongyeong city mayor Kim Dong-Jin, Kenya’s Samburu governor Lenolkulal Moses and the Philippines’ Iloilo city mayor Dr Jed Patrick Mabilog.
Idris said they were the pioneer state in the country to embark on green efforts to overcome the global environmental crisis brought about by climate change.
He said Melaka is committed to combat climate change by lowering greenhouse gas emissions by promoting more green corridors within the historical city.
Idris said his administration is striving to make Melaka a healthier, cleaner and more vibrant place to live in.
“To achieve our goal, we mustconserve our natural sites and not approve development projects as well as make more efforts to curb climate change,” he said.
Idris said the state continuously introduces ideas and strategies to improve the environment through measures such as energy efficiency improvements at offices, planting more trees and reducing vehicle emissions, especially for public transportation.
“These strategies will help improve overall quality of the environment in Melaka,” he said.
Idris said the city started incorporating solutions by encouraging green infrastructure projects, retrofitting pedestrian walkway and parking lots with more plants as well as encouraging local businesses to include trees and indoor plants in their designs.
He said one method Melaka is focusing on is the expansion of its green infrastructure by growing tree canopies around the city.
“More trees could help absorb carbon pollution and block harmful ultra-violet rays,” he said
Idris said cleaner air would minimise health risks among the people, such as asthma, lung and heart disease.
He said the green infrastructure would also help to reduce floods at low-lying areas.
Idris also said the state had worked to expand mobility for city residents while easing traffic congestion and air pollution.
He added that the move included easy accessibility to public transport and creating more bicycle lanes.