What is the LCC 2030 Challenge?

The aim of the LCC 2030 Challenge is to accelerate the transformation of Malaysia’s urban developments into Low Carbon Cities.

It has been found that cities are responsible of up to 70% of GHG Emissions[1], which greatly affects the environment and its inhabitants.

How does the LCC 2030 Challenge work?

The overarching theme of the challenge is to establish Low Carbon Zones in state capitals and major urban areas throughout Malaysia.

Who should participate in the LCC 2030 Challenge?

In line with the Low Carbon Initiative, the LCC 2030 Challenge is targeted at:





What is the goal of this challenge?

The Ministry for Environment and Water (KASA) hopes that participants of the LCC 2030 Challenge are able to reduce their GHG emissions intensity by up to 45% by 2030. The goal also includes the establishment of 200 Low Carbon Zones and 1,000 Low Carbon Partners by 2030.

The aim is to see year-on-year growth for both the establishment of Low Carbon Zones and Low Carbon Partners.

Low Carbon Zones

Target:           50 by 2021    |           100 by 2025              |           200 by 2030

Low Carbon Partners

Target:           250 by 2021  |           500 by 2025              |           1,000 by 2030

The Five Challenges

Energy – Maximise building energy efficiency and increasing adoption of renewable energy

Water – Maximise water efficiency and increase adoption of rainwater harvesting

Mobility – Increase the use of public transport (bus), cycling, walking and other low carbon modes

Waste – Reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills

Greenery – Maintain or increase the number of trees and green spaces in the city

Why should cities take part in this challenge?

From a macro perspective, a multitude of benefits await cities that participate. From a social and environmental standpoint, participating in the LCC 2030 Challenge will see cleaner, cooler, healthier and cheaper cities for the Rakyat.

In terms of the economic perspective, as global sentiment has embraced Low Carbon, it will be easier for cities to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) from multi-national companies (MNCs) and investors alike.

The knock-on effect from the attraction of FDIs will boost the local green economy that enables even those at grassroots level to benefit. This will not only increase the number of green jobs but also create an environment whereby green skills can be developed.

Lastly, participating in the LCC 2030 Challenge will enable stakeholders to harness the platforms at their disposal and work hand-in-hand with other Government Initiatives.

How will organisations benefit from participating in this challenge?

As for independent companies at a micro level, participating in the LCC 2030 Challenge has both immediate tangible results as well as long-term efficacies:

Enhance Reputation

By following the LCC Framework, companies will be able to meet increasing stakeholder demand for greater environmental responsibility whilst also positioning the organisation as a leader in climate action.

Facilitate Compliance

Implementing the stipulated framework will also future-proof the organisation and demonstrate a commitment towards National and Local Government sustainability initiatives.

Deliver Efficiencies

Most importantly, the end result will improve resource efficiency, increase productivity and deliver cost savings which will ultimately help boost the financial bottom line of the organisation.

Who is verifying the emission reductions stipulated in the challenge?

Based on the 5 Challenge Components, The Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC) will verify the participant’s Emissions Reduction.

Energy           :           Electricity Bill

Water             :           Water Bill

Mobility          :           Traffic Count or Fuel Consumption

Waste             :           Waste Disposal to Landfill or Recycle

Greenery       :           Size of Green Area and Tree Counting

Is there any recognition for participating in this challenge?

Special commendation and recognition will be provided by The Ministry of Environment & Water (KASA). Currently there are 2 tiers of recognition:

Provisional Certificate:    Develop baseline and pledge commitment to reduce emissions.

Diamond Recognition*:    Achieve emission reduction in energy, water, mobility & waste and maintain or increase sequestration based on the Diamond Scale.

*For the Diamond Recognition, each element will be individually rated.

So how do we take part in the LCC 2030 Challenge?

  1. Attend the LCC 2030 Challenge Briefing by MGTC
  2. Book Consultation Session
  3. Submit Registration Form
  4. Pay One-Time Registration Fee (upon confirmation)
  5. Conduct a Private Workshop / Attend Clinic Session @ MGTC
  6. Prepare LCC Report (Baseline, Action Plan & Emission Reduction)
  7. Submit LCC Report
  8. LCC Audit @ Applicants Premises (upon acceptance of submission)
  9. Audit Report Presentation at LCC Technical / Steering Committee
  10. Final Result
  11. Pay Audit Fee (upon successful award of certificate)
  12. Low Carbon Cities Awards

Are there any fees to participate in the LCC 2030 Challenge?

Fees are as follows for applicants:

Low Carbon Zone

1.Existing Category

i) One-Time Registration Fee*                                : RM 5,000

ii) Audit & Verification Fee**

  • Provisional Certificate (Baseline)                  : RM 2,000
  • Diamond Certificate (Emission Reduction) : RM 3,000

2. Design Category                                                    : RM 10,000 (inclusive of registration and audit fees)

Low Carbon Partner

1. One-Time Registration Fee*                               :  RM 1,500

2. Audit & Verification Fee**

  • Provisional Certificate (Baseline)                  : RM 2,000
  • Diamond Certificate (Emission Reduction) : RM 3,000

Public Amenities (e.g. schools and mosques)      : 50% discount on registration fee and audit & verification fee

*One-Time Registration only applies for organisation’s first application.

**Audit & Verification Fee is charged on each application 

[1] UN Habitat: Climate Change https://unhabitat.org/topic/climate-change