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GOING GREEN:The Sepang Municipal Council is optimistic the city will achieve this status by 2025, with incentives for the people
ONE of the biggest challenges faced by the Sepang municipal council to achieve a low carbon city status is the low uptake by the people here to infrequent use public of public transport.
Council president Mohd Sayuthi Bakar said despite the availability of public transport such as the Cyberjaya Dedicated Transportation System, (DTS), many people who come to Cyberjaya, prefer to use their own vehicles to come to the city.
He said this could be attributed mainly to inclement bad weather.
Nevertheless, the council is optimistic to achieve the low carbon city status by 2025.
“With more covered walkways in the city, the public will feel comfortable to use the using public transportation,” he said.
Sayuthi added there is a large pool of many people who travel daily from places such as such places as Seremban to work at Cyberjaya.
He was speaking to the media after the council’s Low Carbon Cities and Construction Site Management seminar held at Cyberview Resort and Spa here recently.
Sayuthi said the council also has plans to provide incentives (which have yet to be decided upon), although they’re yet to be decided, to residents and business owners traders to help in becoming make Cyberjaya a low carbon city.
The council has plans to install energy-saving street lights and will create development guidelines that have minimum impact on the
“We will think of ways to provide incentives to the encourage residents and also businesses as a form of encouragement to go green,” he said.
A low carbon city can be viewed as a city which comprises of societies that adopt is one which adopts sustainable green technology and emit emits relatively low carbon levels of carbon dioxide to avoid the adverse impacts on effects of climate change.
Among the objectives of the seminar was to seek views and ideas from various stakeholders on the future development of Cyberjaya and measures to develop a it as a low carbon city.
Participants also had a chance to discuss issues that hinder the implementation development of a low carbon city.
The seminar also acknowledged the framework for the implementation of the Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF) by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water.
“The framework is like a ‘carbon calculator’. It will be used as a guide to create a green township.
“It focuses on life cycle assessments and performance-based criteria to measure the greenhouse gas,” gases,” said Sayuthi.
The framework will help to evaluate four elements aspects of performance such as the urban environment, urban infrastructure, and urban transport and buildings.
He added that carbon emissions will soon be measured through policy and legislative control, process management, product improvement, technology development, procurement system transformation, consumption, and carbon capture strategies.
Among those who participated at the seminar participants were representatives from government agencies such as the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, and the Construction Industry Development Board. Others included interested parties from the public and private higher education institutions of higher learning in Cyberjaya, developers, engineers, architects and city planners.