Commitment to go green

DBKL executive director (planning) Datuk Mahadi Che Ngah (seated, right) and Putrajaya Corporation senior vice-president Datuk Omairi Hashim (seated, left) signing papers of commitment to join the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy to combat climate change.

JOHOR BARU: Johor will form a Low Carbon Council to oversee the planning and monitoring of all low carbon implementation and activities in the state.

Local Government, Science and Technology Committee chairman Tan Hong Pin said the proposal was part of the state government’s commitment towards combating climate change.

Tan said the state government started drafting plans to include creating a low carbon society as part of an element in its local government blueprint.

“We are trying to initiate the low carbon concept in the development of cities whereby we will incorporate action to lower carbon emissions into local plans.

“We will begin the initiative in the three local authorities – Muar, Mersing and Kluang – this year as they are in the midst of conducting their local planning for the development of the respective cities,” he said

He said this during the launch of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) at a hotel here.

Some 100 global participants took part in the three-day GCoM event that aims to combat climate change by forming international alliances among cities and local governments.

The event was organised by Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) in collaboration with the European Union (EU) and GCoM secretariat.

Irda chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said although Iskandar Malaysia had come a long way in terms of building a low carbon society, there is always room to further speed up green initiatives.

“While Iskandar Malaysia focuses on attracting investment for the region’s economic development, we will also ensure these investments have a positive spillover effect to local communities to make sure no one is left behind and at no expense to the environment.

“With this in mind, the Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia was launched in 2012 to reduce Iskandar Malaysia’s carbon emission by 58% by 2025 to create a greener, more sustainable yet economically dynamic environment,” he said.

The launch ceremony ended with a commitment signing of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Putrajaya Corporation to join Iskandar Malaysia along with 7,000 cities around the world in GCoM platform to tackle climate change.

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