The Johor government remains committed in its effort to reduce carbon emission by 50% in 2025
Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia 2025.
Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said that the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and five local authorities within the economic corridor have been carrying out programmes to reach their goal.
He added that efforts include building energy monitoring and reporting system, energy and water saving competition, completion of green economy guidelines, masterplan and guideline on connected pedestrian walk and cycle lane as well as tree planting programmes.
“At the same time, local councils have also actively conducted and promoted various green programmes mainly through their Green Neighbourhood initiative such as car-free day, rainwater harvesting and urban farming.
“Johor will continue these green efforts through its sustainability policy, where we will start with 10 priority programmes covering biodiversity conservation, natural resouces protection, pollution control and green technology development,” he said.
Ayub said this during his keynote presentation at the 5th Low Carbon Asia Research Network (Locarnet) annual meet, which saw the participation of delegates including from Indonesia, Thailand and Japan held on Oct 25 and Oct 26.
Locarnet is an open network that shares the latest research results and knowledge with researchers, policymakers and relevant stakeholders as well as discussions in order to facilitate the formulation and implementation of science-based policies for low carbon development in the Asean region.
Some 13 representatives from five local councils including from the Johor Baru City Council, Johor Baru Central Municipal Council, Kulai Municipal Council, Pasir Gudang Municipal Council and the Pontian District Council also attended the meet.
Ayub pointed out that Johor’s target to reduce carbon emission by 50% in the Iskandar region was higher than the national target of cutting its greenhouse gas intensity emission to 40% by 2020.
“It is important for us to participate in this kind of meet not only to expose our local councils to the progress made by their counterparts in other countries but also to share knowledge and plans.
“Johor has enjoyed rapid economic growth in recent years and is a fast growing state with its industrialisation, housing and land development as well as agriculture, thus it is important to ensure a balance is maintained,” he noted.