The government has launched the National Low Carbon Cities Master Plan, which provides complete guidance on how state governments and local authorities can develop low-carbon cities within their areas.
“The process of transition and transformation of low carbon cities will bring about a positive impact on all of us in reducing the effects of climate change,” said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the launch of the Malaysia Low Carbon Cities Conference 2021 as quoted by Bernama.
He pointed that transforming Malaysian cities into low-carbon cities will also help develop the local green economy, attract domestic and international investments as well as create jobs, reported Bernama.
With this, the Low Carbon Cities Catalyst Grant (GeRAK), which amounts to RM35 million, has also been launched to help local authorities implement their high-impact low-carbon cities initiative.
Muhyiddin explained that since 2011 the government has implemented various efforts to support local authorities achieve their low carbon cities agenda at the state and municipal levels.
He noted that the local authorities’ role was important in planning a city’s socio-economic development and environmental infrastructure. Moreover, local authorities also help implement environmental conservation initiatives at the national as well as local levels.
“As entities at the administrative level which are closest to the people, local authorities need to play an important and active role in educating, mobilising and responding to the community as well as promoting sustainable and inclusive development,” said Muhyiddin.
Among the cities across the world that have adopted the low-carbon concept to address the impact of climate change are Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Zhenjiang, Tianjin, Hong Kong and Tokyo, he said.