KeTTHA aims 52 low-carbon cities by 2020

By KEVIN WONG

The government aims 52 low-carbon cities by 2020 under the Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF).

LCCF is a systematic low-carbon development framework developed by both the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) and Malaysian Green Technology Corp to help local authorities and urban developers to adopt low-carbon initiatives.

KeTTHA acting Deputy Minister Datuk Seri SK Devamany said as of this year, a total of 25 local authorities (including two universities) have adopted the framework.

“With support from the government, we have invested about RM3.5 million to provide training and overseas exposure for the local authorities and universities to understand the low-carbon emission processes.”

“Having the technologies is not enough as it is vital to have the human resource that is knowledgeable in the aspect of low-carbon emission initiatives,“ he said during the LCCF Award Recognition Ceremony in Kuala Lumpur last Friday.

He also acknowledged that smaller local authorities do not have enough resources, manpower and expertise to adopt the LCCF.

“At the same time, most of them have difficulty to allocate finances for their development expenditure. This is because their operational expenditure has taken up most of their budget.”

“To mitigate the issue, I suggest that the bigger local authorities, such as Ipoh City Council, to help out the smaller local councils and to not just solely depend on the federal government for assistance,” Devamany said.

KeTTHA will be looking into including financial incentive to encourage local authorities and universities to adopt low-carbon emission initiatives under the framework.

“A total of six local authorities and two universities have been awarded the LCCF Provisional Certificates. I hope through this, it will then also encourage other local authorities and universities to adopt carbon reduction processes,” he said.