Irda marks 19.7% reduction in greenhouse gas emission

Hasni (centre) witnessing Ismail handing over the Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2019 report to Johor Baru mayor Datuk Noorazam Osman (right).

ISKANDAR Regional Development Authority’s (Irda) efforts to protect and preserve the environment continue to record positive results, says its chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim.

Ismail said the region continued to stamp its mark in the global low carbon scene as it recorded a 19.7% reduction in carbon intensity emission based on its Greenhouse Gas Inventory (GHG) 2019.

“The achievement is a result of the implementation of a portion of the 281 programmes planned under our Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia 2025 (LCSBPIM 2025),” Ismail said in a statement.

He said more than 60 programmes had been completed while 214 were still ongoing under the LCSBPIM 2025 which was launched in November 2012.

Ismail added that the holistic development of the country’s first economic growth corridor required equal emphasis on the economic, social and environmental agenda.

“Our GHG performance has been tracked since 2015, based on the international standard Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory,” Ismail said during a visit to Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad’s office in Kota Iskandar to present the GHG Inventory 2019 report to the state government.

Ismail said for the inventories in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the accounting was done following the GPC Basic level reporting which covered only three sectors — stationary energy, transport and waste.

He said the Iskandar Malaysia GHG (IMGHG) Inventory 2018 and 2019, used Basic+ reporting which covered a broader range of emission sources in addition to the ones under the Basic level.

“The new sectors include industrial processes and product use, agriculture, forestry and other land use,” said Ismail.

He said the development of IMGHG Inventory 2018 and 2019, was a joint effort between Irda and five local authorities in the region.

The local authorities are Johor Baru City Council, Iskandar Puteri City Council, Pasir Gudang City Council, Kulai Municipal Council and Pontian Municipal Council.

He said collaboration and coordination was required between the various government, private and community stakeholders to address environmental issues and challenges.

“It’s about everyone playing their part to fuel the needs of this fast developing region in whatever they can,” said Ismail.

The IMGHG 2018 and 2019 was highlighted at the Expo Dubai 2020 during Week 5 that touched on Smart and Low Carbon Cities Programme.

Irda also shared the report at a side event hosted by Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

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