JOHOR BARU: Local Government, Urban Wellbeing and Environment Committee chairman Tan Chen Choon wants to focus on enhancing green initiatives here.
Tan, who is also the Jementah assemblyman, said he will be meeting with Johor Department of Enviroment (DoE) soon to discuss environmental challenges in the state.
“It is a new portfolio for me and I am still trying to uncover environmental issues here while learning more about the low carbon initiative.
“I will engage with those with more experience on all this and push forward the state government’s efforts to promote green living,” he said in a press conference after the Third Green Accord Initiative Award (Gaia) ceremony here.
Gaia is an initiative by Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) to honour business organisations in Iskandar Malaysia that contributed to the green building design, green environment and reduce greenhouse gases.
Tan lauded the effort made by Irda to encourage businesses here to play an active role in preserving the environment.
“Gaia is a valuable initiative and recognition tool to achieve 70% certified green buildings in Iskandar Malaysia by 2025.
“I hope this initiative pioneered by Irda can be expanded to other parts of Johor as soon as possible,” he said.
Meanwhile, Irda chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said participation among businesses in Gaia had increased since it was introduced in 2016.
“There are also more categories for companies to take part in this year.
“We now have six different categories instead of only three previously.
“As an additional incentive this year, Irda will also facilitate shortlisted Gaia candidates in exploring subsidy funding from the United Nation Industrial Development programme to upgrade their projects on energy efficiency as well as renewable energy,” he said.
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