Initiatives For Malaysia-Japan Environment And Energy Cooperation

Posted on October 8, 2010. Filed under: Environmental Policy |

(Bernama) — Efforts are being made based on the understanding concluded in April this year between the prime ministers of Malaysia and Japan in the areas of environment and energy, Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia Masahiko Horie said Friday.

Among the initiatives under the Japan-Malaysia Cooperation for Environment and Energy are smart community, Iskandar low carbon city cooperation, energy conservation cooperation and cooperation in areas of treated water and sewage.

“It’s time for the Malaysian authorities to make Putrajaya and Cyberjaya as green townships in order to become smart community townships,” Horie said at a press briefing here Friday.

“Therefore, a Japanese mission will come in December and have discussions on how to make Putrajaya and Cyberjaya the best townships,” he said.

It will help Malaysia to formulate a roadmap of the measures for a low carbon city, he added.

The ambassador said the Japanese team would be led by representatives from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation and Japan Smart Community Alliance (JSCA).

JSCA will also dispatch special mission to Asian nations on mutual agreement, under a public-private cooperative framework to discuss the potential for mutual cooperation.

Japan is promoting the smart community initiative, and thus the government and the private sector will jointly facilitate its global advancement.

“This initiative proposes a next-generation socio-energy system which combines renewable energy and unused energy, transformation of regional transport systems and people’s lifestyles through efficient use of the information technology network,” Horie said.

Malaysia and Japan are entering a new stage of cooperative relationship by working together not only on bilateral but also regional and global challenges for the benefit of both countries, he said.

On the Iskandar low carbon city cooperation, Horie said Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Japan’s University of Kyoto would collaborate to conduct joint research on ways to achieve a low carbon city.

“I hope this university-to-university project will make good research for the improvement of Iskandar to reduce carbon emissions,” he said.

Given the various problems associated with water in Malaysia such as high no-revenue water, Horie said Japan was ready to extend its support to improve both treated water and sewage systems in Malaysia.

The Pahang-Selangor water project was awarded to a joint venture company of Japan’s Shimizu Corporation and Nishimatsu Construction, and local companies IJM Corp and UEM Builders Bhd.

“About 20 per cent has been completed and the project is running according to schedule,” he said.

When completed in 2014, the project will pump 1,890 million litres of raw water daily from Sungai Semantan in Pahang to the Hulu Langat water treatment facility in Selangor.

Raw water will be transferred through a 44.6-kilometre long by 5.2-metre diameter tunnel, with gravity flow to the water treatment plant.

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