CREATING SUSTAINABLE PROSPERITY IN ISKANDAR MALAYSIA
The establishment of Iskandar Malaysia’s Green Portal will focus on promoting the natural environment and a Low Carbon Society (LCS) awareness to the public. This portal aims to become a platform for the authorities to explain all current issues and phenomena happening in Iskandar Malaysia, for instance the LCS project updates and events announcement. This provides opportunities for the public to participate in the building of LCS in their community. Through the portal, the public will have better access to, and understanding of, environment-related information, thus encouraging them to live a low carbon lifestyle.
BACKGROUND OF LOW CARBON SOCIETY IN ISKANDAR MALAYSIA
The issues of climate change and global warming is paid greater attention today than ever before, with both mandatory and voluntary efforts in reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions being observed in most countries around the world, including Malaysia. During the Conference of Parties 15 (COP 15) by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2009 at Copenhagen, Denmark, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced Malaysia’s voluntary initiative to achieve up to 40% in emissions reduction intensity of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2020 based on 2005 levels.
This target is to be achieved on the condition that technology transfers and financial support are provided by developed countries. At COP20 in Lima, Peru in 2014, Malaysia announced that it had already achieved 33% of this original target. Then last year at COP21 in Paris, France, Malaysia released its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) of achieving 45% emission intensity by GDP by the year 2010 as compared to the year 2005 levels, under the same condition of receiving technology transfer and financial support.
WHAT IS A LOW CARBON SOCIETY?
A Low Carbon Society is a society where people live a simple but high-quality lifestyle, emphasizing family and community ties, and in harmony with nature, with minimum emission of CO2. The values of a Low Carbon Society are as follows:
CARBON MINIMIZATION IN ALL SECTORS
All sectors minimize their CO2 emission, including transport, industry, residential (consumer), agriculture and so forth.
TOWARDS A SIMPLER LIFESTYLE THAT REALIZES A RICHER QUALITY OF LIFE
Society forgoes mass consumption and places more value on family, healththe and interaction with nature towards building a better quality of life.
COEXISTENCE WITH NATURE
Humans are a part of the global ecosystem. As such we need to maintain and restore the rich and diverse natural environment, in order to achieve a LCS by securing CO2 absorption to adapt to global warming.
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