15 NOVEMBER, ISKANDAR MALAYSIA – Iskandar Malaysia continues 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.
Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), YBhg. Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said, “The holistic development of Iskandar Malaysia requires an equal emphasis on the economic, social and environmental agenda. We are happy to see that our efforts to protect and preserve the environment continue to record a positive result which complements the ongoing development happening in the economic and social areas.”
This achievement is a result of the implementation of a portion of the 281 programmes planned under its Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia 2025 (LCSBPIM 2025) which was launched in November 2012. As of today, more than 60 programmes have been completed and 214 are still ongoing.
Iskandar Malaysia’s GHG performance has been tracked since 2015 based on the international standard Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory (GPC).
For the inventories in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017, the accounting was done following the GPC BASIC level reporting inventory which covers only 3 sectors namely Stationary Energy, Transport and Waste Sector.
IM GHG Inventory 2018 and 2019 uses BASIC+ reporting which covers a broader range of emission sources in addition to the ones under the BASIC level. New sectors include Industrial Processes and Product Use (IPPU), and Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU).
The development of the Iskandar Malaysia Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2018 and 2019 is a joint effort between IRDA and five (5) Local Authorities in Iskandar Malaysia namely Johor Bahru City Council (MBJB), Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP), Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG), Kulai Municipal Council (MPKu) and Pontian Municipal Council (MPPn).
“Programmes such as the Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC), Green Accord Initiative Award (GAIA), Green Community Carbon Reduction Programme (GCCR) and the strong ownership of localised low carbon framework by the 5 local authorities in the region reflect the importance of collaboration and coordination between the various government, private and community stakeholders in addressing environmental issue and challenges.”
“When we talk about inclusivity in Iskandar Malaysia, it is not about one party fulfilling the needs of many different groups of people. It’s about everyone playing their part to fuel the need of this fast developing region in whatever way they can,” said Ismail.
The Iskandar Malaysia Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2018 and 2019 was recently highlighted at the global setting of the Expo Dubai 2020 during Week 5: Smart & Low Carbon Cities programme. IRDA also share the report in a side event hosted by Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP 26 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Earlier this year, Iskandar Malaysia was also recognized on the 2019 CDP Cities A List for its leadership and transparency on climate action. The region received ‘SCORE A: LEADERSHIP’ which is the highest band score in 2019 and 2020 Cities Reporting.