Framework for low carbon economy

Posted on September 9, 2011. Filed under: Environmental Economics |

-The Star-
KUALA LUMPUR: The Low Carbon Cities Framework will push efforts towards a low carbon economy to meet the Government’s target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40% by 2020.

In launching the framework, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said it was his aspiration to develop Putrajaya and Cyberjaya as shining examples of eco-friendly townships and to replicate this in other cities and towns in the country.

“The framework is intended to help achieve the goal, assisting local councils, town planners and developers formulate action plans to cut carbon emissions.

Easy rider: Najib trying the Gwheel motorbike at the 2nd International Greentech and Eco-products exhibition, held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

“It is my dream that one day, we can all live in clean, healthy and high quality environments; in cities, townships and communities that are built on the fundamentals of green technology. This is my vision for a green Malaysia,” he said when launching the 2nd International Green­­tech and Eco-products exhibition and confe­rence.

The Prime Minister said the Energy, Green Technology and Water ministry and the Housing and Local Government ministry were collaborating closely to ensure the framework and the Green Neighbourhood Guidelines were effectively applied by local councils.

Najib said sustainable development did not mean no development at all but would ensure resources were used wisely without compromising the needs of generations to come, adding that the time has come for countries to shift their development to a more “eco-centric” course.

“To help achieve this goal, the Government has put in place a National Eco-Labelling Programme to ensure businesses make credible claims about their products and to raise awareness among consumers and manufacturers about environmentally-friendly products and services,” he said.

Najib said the Government had introduced the Green Technology Financing Scheme to assist companies that were users and producers of green technology. To date, 125 applications had been submitted of which 97 approved projects have been awarded Green Certificates with a total value of more than RM2bil.

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