Govt launches low-carbon sustainable city master plan and RM35m GeRAK

Master plan aims to provide complete guidance to state govts and local authorities in developing low carbon cities in their respective administrative areas

by NURUL SUHAIDI / Pic by TMR FILE PIX

THE government is allocating RM35 million under the Low Carbon Catalyst Grant (GeRAK) to local authorities to drive climate change actions at the grassroot level.

This was in conjunction with the launch of the National Low Carbon Cities Masterplan (NLCCM) to address climate change and a sustainable urbanisation roadmap.

The masterplan aims to provide complete guidance to state governments and local authorities in developing low-carbon cities in their respective administrative areas. Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said transforming the cities in Malaysia into low-carbon cities will have a positive impact on the green economy, domestically and internationally.

“The process of transitioning to low-carbon cities will create more job opportunities, attract domestic and international investments and reduce the effects of climate change,” he said at the Malaysia Low Carbon Cities Conference yesterday.

Meanwhile, for the grant, priority will be given to local authorities that have implemented the low-carbon city programme in participation of the Low Carbon Cities 2030 Challenge programme at the Low Carbon Zone category level.

Muhyiddin also urged stakeholders, local governments and the Environment and Water Ministry to assist the development of low-carbon cities through the NLCCM.

“Synergies between the federal and state governments must be enhanced in supporting the efforts and initiatives of local authorities through the channelling of available resources either in terms of capacity building or financial allocation,” he added.

Urbanisation is one of the main sources of emissions that contribute to global climate change.

The government has implemented adaptation measures such as promoting energy saving practises, establishing low-carbon urban and mobility initiatives through the use of energy efficient vehicles (EEVs), and fostering the circular economy to mitigate the effects.