By FLORENCE A. SAMY
KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet has approved a green neighbourhood and low carbon city framework and assessment system, aimed at reducing the nation’s carbon emissions.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said the guidelines would bring the country a step closer to achieving its goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 40% by 2020, as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Copenhagen last year.
“We are going all out to push the guidelines across.
“Studies have shown that urbanisation contributes more than 50% of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Our small cities and townships are getting bigger.
“We need to take action to save our planet,” Chor said after launching The Star Property Fair 2011 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Friday. The fair, which has over 150 booths, is open from 11am to 7pm and ends on Sunday. Entrance is free.
The Government, Chor added, recognised the need to achieve long-term sustainability for growth.
“The Cabinet paper, which was approved this morning, provides Malaysia with a greener environment solution,” he said, adding that it was a joint collaboration between his Ministry and the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry.
The guidelines which would be distributed to local authorities, would promote the 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) and environment-friendly logistics in neighbourhoods, among others, he said.
“We hope developers will help spur green neighbourhoods such as providing more cycling and walking paths to reduce vehicle dependency.
“The guideline is not compulsory but it is not difficult to follow. It will be good business sense to do,” he said, adding that awareness on the importance of recycling was being enhanced.\