JOHOR BARU: The Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) has claimed to have reduced over 1.2 million kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through its Iskandar Puteri Low Carbon initiative last year.
MBIP mayor Datuk Haffiz Ahmad said that the programme involved around 50,000 residents whose city council participated in reducing CO2 emissions through various programmes under the initiative.
He added that the programme includes water management, electric energy management, and recycling initiatives that are conducted by the participants, either premises owners or individual homeowners.
"We have been running this initiative for the past three years now and will continue to do so with our strategic partners in line with our Iskandar Puteri Low Carbon Society Plan 2025.
"Winners of the programme will be awarded an accumulated cash prize worth RM20,000, and we expect to increase this amount this year and achieve a higher reduction in CO2 emissions," he said.
He said this when met after the officiating ceremony of the Iskandar Puteri Low Carbon Kalendar Competition 2022 and KitaRecycle Bin @ Iskandar Puteri at Sutera Mall, here on Sunday (Jan 23).
He added that the programme is conducted together with the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor Education Department, and waste management concessionaire SWM Environment Sdn Bhd.
Haffiz also informed that the 1.2 million kg of CO2 reduced is equivalent to the carbon absorption of 56,000 trees.
"The participants have also managed to collect 4,600kg of recyclable items and 61,970kg of used clothes," he added.
Meanwhile, IRDA chief executive officer Datuk Dr Badrul Hisham Kassim said that the competition is in line with the Iskandar Malaysia Low Carbon Society Blueprint 2050.
"It also reflects the importance of public participation in reaching our goal of having a low carbon society in Iskandar Malaysia in general, through the awareness and practise of a low-carbon lifestyle," he added.