There is an urgent and unprecedented need to transform all our cities into low carbon cities. This will include changing the way we power our cities, the way we move around our cities, the way we grow our food and the way we consume our products.
The latest Report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published on the 8th of October 2018 warns that global warming needs to be limited to 1.5°C to prevent catastrophic damage to the ecosystems that we rely on. Warming beyond 1.5°C will significantly increase the risk of droughts, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people around the world.
To keep warming under 1.5°C, countries will have to cut global CO2 emissions by 45percent below 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net zero by around 2050.IPCC Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5°C
Malaysia may be a small emitter in the global context but we are the 3rd largest in South East Asia behind Singapore and Brunei. The reality is that climate change does not pick and choose which countries to affect, it affects all of us. Therefore, we have to play our part and we have the opportunity to be a leader for the region in mitigating climate change.
One such initiative carried out by the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment & Climate Change (MESTECC), Malaysia is the Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF). Implemented through the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (MGTC), LCCF provides a systematic guideline that will help cities implement carbon reduction measures. Supported by a low carbon framework and a set of tools, LCCF allows for these initiatives to be measured, quantified and monitored. To date, 52 Local Authorities across Malaysia have begun transforming their cities into low carbon cities.
YB Puan Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of MESTECC has reaffirmed Malaysia’s commitment to reducing 45% CO2 emissions by 2030 in compliance with the Paris Agreement. Through LCCF and the various other low carbon initiatives carried out by the Ministry, Malaysia can take the leap forward and be the example for others to follow in our quest to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Saiful Adib Abdul Munaff