Iskandar Malaysia green agenda to continue with two initiatives

Ismail says there is a need to explore innovative, efficient and eco-friendly materials as an alternative to plastic.

ISKANDAR Regional Development Authority plans to reduce carbon emission intensity by 58% in 2025.

Its chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said the two key initiatives that would lead its green agenda this year were the enhancement of the “Low Carbon Society for Iskandar Malaysia 2030 — Climate Action Plan” and its partnership in the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) as well as ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability programme.

“We are now formulating a climate action plan and roadmap covering both climate mitigation and adaptation, ” he said.

He added that it would also apply a scientific approach to the carbon emission baseline and future scenarios study for the Iskandar Malaysia Climate Action Plan by 2030.

Ismail said its partnership with AEPW and ICLEI programme was to ensure sustainable and scientific plastic waste management by local authorities.

“We need to explore innovative, efficient and eco-friendly materials as an alternative, promote and incentivise research and innovation on plastic alternatives and develop policy, guidelines and standards for compliance and monitoring purposes, ” he added.

He highlighted that the expected outcome of the partnership would be the implementation of waste management infrastructure to eliminate leakage of plastic waste into the environment.

Ismail said as a start, Iskandar Malaysia aimed to target plastics made from post-consumer materials to keep the waste away from landfills and direct it towards recycling plants, thus reducing plastic waste.

It will be adapted to the needs of local authorities in the region — Johor Baru City Council, Iskandar Puteri City Council, Pasir Gudang City Council, Kulai Municipal Council and Pontian District Council.

Ismail said Iskandar Malaysia’s Green Economy Guidelines provided investors with a clear guide to its strategic environmental and economic policy direction with respect to investing in the green industry in the region.

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