Low Carbon Cities Malaysia

Low Carbon Cities Malaysia Programme: About

About the Malaysia Low Carbon Cities Programme

This is a three year programme working with municipalities within Greater Kuala Lumpur to create Low Carbon City Strategies.

Following extended application processes in 2014, 2015 and 2016 where all municipalities within Greater Kuala Lumpur were invited to express interest in participating in the programme, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and Ampang Jaya City Council (MPAJ) have been selected to work in partnership with the Carbon Trust and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, receiving dedicated support to develop robust five-year carbon management strategies for the Council own administrative estates as well as city-wide carbon reduction strategies. This approach has enabled the chosen Councils to lead by example in driving climate change mitigation initiatives in Greater KL, as well as saving energy costs for their own taxpayers.

The Carbon Trust project team has worked closely with all three municipalities to develop a city-wide carbon reduction plan.  The plan outlines the strategy for reducing the carbon intensity of the cities’ buildings, transport and waste infrastructure. It also details the cities’ plan for the uptake of renewable technology.

These engagements are acting as compelling case studies of what city councils can achieve, and are leading the low-carbon city revolution across Malaysia and SE Asia more widely. 

MBPJ Low Carbon City Action Plan 2015-2030 (PDF)
MBPJ Carbon Management Plan 2015-2020 (PDF)
Ampang Jaya Low Carbon City Action Plan 2017-2030 (PDF)
MPAJ Carbon Management Plan 2017-2022 (PDF)
DBKL Carbon Management Plan 2017-2022 (PDF)

We believe that this programme has great potential to help the Malaysian public sector become a low carbon leader in Asia, at the same time as building stronger relationships between Malaysia and the UK. As Malaysian cities expand over the next 20 years, we hope that growth will be both greener and cleaner for Malaysia’s population and the planet.


Organisations involved:

Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is a world-leading organisation helping businesses, governments and the publicsector to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy through carbon reduction, energy-saving strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies. We have 180 experts working around the world based in the UK, China, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil and the USA. 

Our mission is to tackle climate change by accelerating the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy that delivers jobs and wealth. We can help organisations put sustainability at the heart of their business strategy and gain a competitive advantage in the market.

By stimulating low carbon action we contribute to green goals, including the lowering of carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and job creation. 

We were created in 2001 and have since developed into a world-leading and trusted expert in low carbon issues and strategies, carbon footprinting and low carbon technology development and deployment.


Foreign & Commonwealth Office

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office promotes the United Kingdom's interests overseas, supporting UK citizens and businesses around the globe. The FCO is responsible for: 

  • Safeguarding the UK’s national security by countering terrorism and weapons proliferation, and working to reduce conflict
  • Building the UK’s prosperity by increasing exports and investment, opening markets, ensuring access to resources, and promoting sustainable global growth
  • Supporting British nationals around the world through modern and efficient consular services

The Prosperity programme is the Foreign and Commonwealth’s fund to tackle climate change, strengthen energy security and promote an open global economy in key emerging economies. The Prosperity Fund is the FCO’s dedicated annual fund supporting the UK’s prosperity work overseas. Through targeted projects, it aims to support the conditions for global and UK growth: Openness, Sustainability, Opportunity and Reputation.

As a devolved programme, the Prosperity Fund is mostly allocated to Prosperity Fund priority countries. Countries with dedicated programmes are: Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey. The FCO also operate regional funds in Africa, Latin America and South East Asia to widen our global reach, and work with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) through our delegation in Paris. 


Green Tech Malaysia

Green Tech Malaysia

Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) is a not-for-profit organisation under the purview of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water Malaysia (KeTTHA).

GreenTech Malaysia’s purpose is to catalyse green technology deployment as Malaysia’s strategic engine for socio-economic growth and aims to position the country as a hub for green technology by 2020 and subsequently transform Malaysia into a Green Community by 2030.

GreenTech Malaysia was formerly known as Pusat Tenaga Malaysia, set up by KeTTHA in May 1998 as a driving force in accelerating the national economy and promoting sustainable development.


Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur City Hall

The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is the governing body of the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. DBKL is responsible for public health and sanitation, waste removal and management, town planning, environmental protection and building control, social and economic development and general maintenance functions of urban infrastructure.



Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)

Petaling Jaya City Council covers an administrative area of 97.2 square kilometres and has a total population of more 619,925 people. Petaling Jaya is a rapidly growing region in Malaysia and is now known as the leading growth centre in Selangor.

The Council’s mission is to provide quality facilities and services for the prosperity of Petaling Jaya and their vision is to establish Petaling Jaya as a leading dynamic and sustainable City. Petaling Jaya City Council are responsible for public health and sanitation, waste removal and management, town planning, environmental protection and building control, social and economic development and general maintenance functions of urban infrastructure.  


Ampang Jaya City Council MPAJ

Ampang Jaya City Council (MPAJ)

MPAJ are responsible for managing Ampang Jaya’s public health and sanitation, waste removal and management, town planning, environmental protection and building control, social and economic development and general maintenance of urban infrastructure.




Performance Management & Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) was established in 2009 and is a unit under the Malaysian Prime Minister's Department. PEMANDU's main role and objective is to oversee the implementation, assess the progress, facilitate as well as support the delivery and drive the progress of Malaysia’s Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

In relation to the ETP, PEMANDU has been tasked with facilitating the implementation of the Entry Point Projects and Business Opportunities that have been identified to ensure that Malaysia is transformed into a high-income nation by 2020.


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