Engines off, PJ folks!

Writer: Gan Pei Ling Published: Fri, 30 Dec 2011
SHAH ALAM: Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) staff and the public will have to switch off their car engines on three more council premises starting from Jan 1 to reduce the city’s carbon emission.

The city council has added Menara MBPJ, its community library in PJ Old Town, and the Landscape Department and workshop in Kelana Jaya to its No Engine Running While Waiting Zone.

On Oct 15, the city council had declared its headquarters on Jalan Yong Shook Lin, including the Civic Centre, as the first No Engine Running While Waiting Zone.

MBPJ public relations department said in a statement on Wednesday that drivers who leave their engine on at the designated zones would be requested to switch if off or leave the premises.

“We hope MBPJ staff and visitors will support the campaign and help make PJ become a low-carbon city,” advised the city council in its statement.

It said a stationary car with its engine on for 10 minutes would generate around 208g of carbon dioxide – one of the causes of global warming.

MBPJ will put up signboards and distribute leaflets to inform the public about its campaign and its aim to reduce the 1,565 tonnes of carbon dioxide the city emits annually.

Apart from this campaign, the city council has introduced a pilot assessment tax rebate scheme for eco-friendly home owners, and a Green Figure Award to reward citizens who contribute towards sustainable development.

It is also promoting green building concepts and has allocated RM100,000 to install energy-efficient Light-Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights in back alleys.

Article Source Selangor Times http://www.selangortimes.com/index.php?section=news&permalink=20111230121743-engines-off-pj-folks

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