Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is the only local council in Asia that provides assessment rebates to homeowners practising green living.
Deputy mayor Johary Anuar said this at the launch of the 2019 Petaling Jaya Homeowners Low Carbon and Green Initiative assessment rebate scheme at the council.
The scheme, which was first introduced in 2011, has in total waived assessment worth RM414,380.48 for 1,240 households in the city up to last year.
Once again this year, the council is calling from entries to participate in the scheme, which ends July 31.
“The council provides assessment rebate up to 100% of the bill or maximum rebate of RM500, whichever is lower, that will be reflected in the 2020 assessment.
“In 2013, Petaling Jaya was awarded the Green Apple Award by The Green Organisation in London, UK, for this initiative,” said Johary.
The council’s green assessment rebate project was chosen by the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry (MESTECC) as a pilot project for the implementation of the Green Technology Application For Low Carbon Cities.
The project is in line with the United Nations Development Programme’s aim to have this implemented nationwide, said Johary.
Households that are keen will be evaluated based on conservation in the form of energy, water, waste, transportation and biodiversity.
Energy savings points will be given based on the installation of solar panels, solar heaters, at least 70% of LED Lighting, roof insulation and less usage of electricity.
Meanwhile, the installation of rainwater harvesting system, recycled use of water for cleaning or toilet use, and installation of flush box of less than six litres of water will be awarded points.
Houses that practice composting, produce enzymes based on food waste and conduct recycling will also be given points.
The scheme also rewards points to households that use hybrid vehicles, public transportation and bicycles.
Houses with over 50% of open spaces covered in landscape, and that carry out a significant amount of greenery planting will also be awarded points.
Among the panel of judges is former Centre for Environment, Technology and Development, Malaysia (Cetdem) executive director Anthony Tan, who said they would be thorough when awarding points to the participants.
“We have had cases where, during a visit, the house participants would claim they cycle a lot but when we ask to see their bicycle, the tyres would be flat.
“Also, we don’t want the public to be engaged in a massive home renovation when we are there to evaluate their green initiatives. We had a case where the person claimed to have a large garden but when we went to visit, there was just concrete flooring. The owner claimed the trees were chopped off after he had applied for the scheme,” said Tan.
The judge also said they will be testing the solar panels to ensure they are working
“Also, some households have a hole in their garden and claim they are doing composting, which may not be the case. We want all these green efforts to be properly and honestly implemented,” he added.
Based on the council’s record in 2011 only 49 residents from the city participated in the scheme and received a total assessment rebate worth RM18,184.43 for 2012.
Last year saw the highest number of participants for the scheme. Some 605 households in the city received some form of assessment rebate amounting to RM211,005.11.