Cities are the main engines for a dynamic economic growth and the focal points of most population. However, the process of urbanisation has contributed significantly to the increase of GHG emissions. Thus, fostering urban development in the most sustainable manners can reduce energy demand, consumption and GHG emissions.
Through the Green Technology Application for the Development of Low Carbon Cities (GTALCC) project, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with the Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA) is organizing a one-day Malaysia Low Carbon Cities Conference 2021 (MyL3C).
The conference will be attended by representatives from the government, private sector, civil society, regional and international partners and will be graced by high level representatives including ministers. The event is expected to have regional participation from international delegates. The conference will focus on low carbon cities and showcase international and local best practices on climate action in cities.
In accordance with the new norms, MyL3C will be held fully online on the 13th July 2021. The conference’s main highlights will be the launch of National Low Carbon Cities Masterplan (NLCCM) and Cities GHG Online Portal.
It was my honour to speak about sustainable ways we could effectively reduce our carbon footprint in Malaysia citing various cities around the world, making effective changes. From the grassroots level to the government and municipal level, I had a great time highlighting examples that incentivise and also change the narrative of reducing waste and consumption.
I was excited to be a part of this conversation and am grateful for the Ministry of Environment and Water for moderating the session and taking into account some ideas for Malaysia.
To find out more about their events and initiatives, you can check out their website at: http://gtalcc.gov.my/.
Malaysia is one of the most rapidly urbanising countries in Asia, with more than 70% of the population living in urban areas. The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions levels in Malaysia are high compared with other countries at similar stages of development. More than half of Malaysia’s emission sources are directly related to urban settings, with emissions mainly coming from the energy sector (76%), the waste sector (12%) and the industrial processes sector (6%). The electricity and transportation sub-sectors are the biggest contributors to emissions from the energy sector.