The Carbon Trust is working with Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) on a two-year pilot of a new Low Carbon Cities Malaysia programme, which has been officially launched this week. The programme is designed to accelerate the implementation of carbon reduction projects for states, cities and local authorities across Malaysia.
The first year of the programme will focus on developing a five-year plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from MBPJ’s own estate and operations. This process will involve measuring current impacts, setting robust reduction targets, as well as identifying and implementing the most promising energy efficiency and carbon reduction opportunities.
The second year of the programme will help MBPJ to use its influence to drive forward carbon reduction across Petaling Jaya, through engaging businesses, educational institutions and the local community.
The programme will be designed and delivered by the Carbon Trust, working alongside Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) and KeTTHA, the Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water. Funding is being provided by the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with local support provided from the British Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
"Since the year 2000, MBPJ has been working closely with various stakeholders from diverse background and sectors on programmes to develop Petaling Jaya as a leading, dynamic and sustainable city. It is a privilege and honour for MBPJ to be the pioneer local authority in this sustainability initiative."
Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad, Mayor of Petaling Jaya
The Carbon Trust’s work on low carbon cities in Malaysia builds on more than a decade of experience running major energy efficiency programmes for businesses and public sector organisations around the world, including in the UK, China, Mexico and South Africa. It is estimated that the impact of these Carbon Trust programmes includes saving over 55 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, as well as delivering cost reductions of more than £5.5 billion for participating organisations.
"We are delighted to be working with Petaling Jaya, a city that is showing a huge amount of ambition and commitment to reducing its environmental impact. We hope that this enthusiasm, when coupled with successes in cutting carbon, will inspire local governments in other parts of Malaysia to take action themselves. MBPJ has a great opportunity to show others how carbon reduction can lead to reduced overhead costs, improved air quality, better public health, and a meaningful impact on climate change."
Tim Pryce, Head of Public Sector,The Carbon Trust
Local authorities in Malaysia that are interested in working with the Carbon Trust on the Low Carbon Cities Malaysia programme should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.