Penang government to measure ecological footprint

Penang government to measure ecological footprint

GEORGE TOWN, 6 June: The Penang government is to formulate a tool to measure the ecological footprint of the state.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the aim was to create a global comparable indicator to measure the sustainability of Penang including identifying current and future environmental challenges and threats in the coming decades.

He said this “Penang Green Agenda” will formulate strategies to address environmental issues which will be based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals passed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September, 2015.

He said the initial proposal will see several scopes under study including climate change, water and food security, land reclamation, green economy, transportation and urban growth.

“In response to the issues of sustainable development, Penang Green Council (PGC) is to look into fundamental elements of sustainability,” he said in his World Environment Day statement today.

Lim, who is also PGC chairman, stressed his administration will never forsake environmental protection vis a vis the RM27billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP).

He reiterated the reclamation of some 1,821ha to fund the PTMP will only proceed subject to the approval of the Detailed Environment Impact Assessment (DEIA).

He, nonetheless, pointed out that without reclamation, there would no land for future expansion of the Penang International Airport nor for residential and industrial use.

“In order to find a balance between protecting the environment and economic development, we need to promote economic opportunity for all, for instance, creating more working opportunities in Penang,” he added.

*Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. — Sunpix by Masry Che Ani