Iskandar to be green township

Posted on December 23, 2011. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

-New Straits Times-

Sirim and Irda sign an MoU to promote a healthy and environmental-friendly area

Dr Zainal Abidin Mohd Yusof

Dr Zainal Abidin Mohd Yusof (right) and Ismail Ibrahim exchanging documents after the signing ceremony.

SIRIM is extending its services, expertise and resources to Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) to intensifying its efforts to turn Iskandar Malaysia  into a green township by 2014, and implement its low carbon city agenda.

Following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed here recently, Sirim and Irda have established a cooperative working relationship aimed at promoting healthy, environmentally responsible and sustainable building and township management practices.

The MoU also acknowledged voluntary measures to meet desired goals and calls for open dialogue on legislative and regulatory initiatives that embrace best practices in green construction and high-performance operations.

Sirim Bhd’s acting president and chief executive officer Dr Zainal Abidin Mohd Yusof  said an organisation or company which has an energy management system will have a framework to improve its energy performance, such as energy use,  efficiency and  consumption.

He also pointed out that it will not only help save money but also portray an enhanced social and environment responsibility qualities in an organisation, thus presenting a greener corporate image to the public.

The MoU is aimed at promoting the implementation of MS 1525:2007 Code of Practice on Energy Efficiency for Non-residential Buildings and initiative on energy management and renewable energy towards the development and establishment of Green Building Initiatives (GBI) at Iskandar Malaysia and ISO 50001 Energy Management System Certification.

“Irda is committed to adopting sustainable building operating practices to ensure that Iskandar Malaysia’s vision to be a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing is environmentally sound, with the right balance of ingredients to live, work, play and invest,” said Irda chief executive officer Ismail Ibrahim.

He said collaborating with Sirim to promote sustainable practices reinforces that commitment.

It also generates considerable potential for energy savings and other positive outcomes that ultimately will enhance bottom-line results.

This is in line with making Iskandar Malaysia a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing which will further spur the nation’s economic developments.

“We envisage Iskandar Malaysia  will have areas which are  a mixture of skyscrapers, high rises as well as self-contained communities in the form of low-carbon cities, townships, villages and neighbourhoods,” said Ismail.

“We will promote many  green areas, spaces, green building; and to create sense of place and sense of belonging,” he said.

Read more: Iskandar to be green township – Johor – New Straits Times

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