Fresh from being the 1st Local Authority to receive the ‘City Based Approach’ Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF) Diamond Recognition Award at IGEM 2018, MBSA is poised to transform Shah Alam into a low carbon city.

With the vision to be Asia’s best Low Carbon City and Malaysia’s best Low Carbon Model City by 2030, MBSA is committed to strengthen the implementation of LCCF across all 4 elements; Urban Environment, Urban Infrastructure, Urban Transport and Buildings.

The Seksyen 14 City Centre was chosen as the pilot area to implement LCCF with 8 city wide objectives to be achieved by 2030:

  • 45% reduction in building energy use
  • 30% reduction in municipal solid waste to landfill
  • 30% increase in public transport use
  • 30% reduction in conventional transport use
  • 15% increase in trees and green spaces
  • 1.5% substitution of resources
  • 2 x Platinum GBI buildings
  • 5 x ISO50001 EnMS certified buildings

Between 2015 and 2017, MBSA, for the Seksyen 14 City Centre zone has managed to reduce their carbon emissions by 3,468.01 tCO2. Among the biggest contributor to this reduction is the building energy efficiency and water efficiency initiatives carried out at Wisma MBSA. Other initiatives include the implementation of low carbon mobility solutions and the increase in municipal solid waste (MSW) recycling. We will explore all these initiatives in more detail in subsequent articles.

Very early on in the project, MBSA realised that the success of its low carbon city ambition is very much dependent on collaborations and partnerships with other organisations from within Shah Alam and those from outside of Shah Alam as well. For example, property developers such as PKNS and Jakel assisted in data collection and funding awareness campaigns and private building owners like DEMC, POS Malaysia and Bluewave Hotel shared data about their electricity and water consumption and adopted low carbon initiatives themselves.

MBSA has shown that it is not difficult to start transforming our cities into low carbon cities. With the right guidelines and tools to measure, quantify and plan carbon reduction measures, any Local Authority will be able to follow in the footstep of MBSA and help Malaysia achieve it’s national target of 45% CO2 emissions reduction by 2030.

Written by:
Saiful Adib Abdul Munaff