Low Carbon Cities – Malaysia’s Response to Global Climate Emergency

By Nasha Lee, Environment Analyst, UNDP Malaysia

The 2019 UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP 25, is currently underway in the Spanish capital of Madrid. Within the halls of the negotiations, as negotiators discuss more ambitious action on climate change, the phrase “climate emergency” has been used generously. From children skipping school for climate strikes, to protests which put city centres to a standstill – 2019 is the year in which the climate emergency has been dragged to the mainstream by people all around the world.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

Cities at the frontline of climate change

Cities offer a solution to the climate emergency. Over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, which produce 80% of GDP and are responsible for a whopping three quarters of carbon emissions. This share of population, economic activity and emissions is set to grow rapidly.

By 2050, two-thirds of our global population will live in urban areas. Nearly 90% of the growth in urban population will occur in Asia and Africa. As urban populations in these regions continue to grow and have greater material prosperity, there will be a corresponding rise in the consumption of resources and energy, and generation of waste. It is becoming increasingly real that the battle for the planet will be won or lost in cities.

Over time, cities and its inhabitants will also be more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, ranging from heat waves, to droughts, floods and hurricanes. 70% of cities around the world are already dealing with climate impacts, while nearly all cities are at risk.

A 2018 report by C40 forecasts that 1.6 billion people would be regularly exposed to extreme high temperatures by 2050. Food supplies would also be under threat, with one in four people (2.5 billion people) living in over 1,600 cities facing food insecurity due to climate change. Richer cities such as Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul and Los Angeles are not excluded from this list.

Malaysia’s recent climate change report to the UNFCCC, an output of a UNDP- Global Environment Facility Project shows that the country’s temperature, rainfall and sea levels have been on the rise in the last 40 years, and are projected to continue rising to 2050. Average temperatures are projected to hike between 1.2 to 1.6oC by 2050. This brings about an added vulnerability to a large proportion of our urban population who live in low-elevation coastal areas.

Low Carbon Cities

Low carbon cities are an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions while offering tremendous economic opportunities. A new report from the Coalition for Urban Transition show that by using existing low-carbon technologies and practices, we could cut 90% of emissions globally. These would require an investment of USD 1.8 trillion (approximately 2% of global GDP) a year but will generate annual returns worth USD2.8 trillion in 2030 from the energy and material cost savings alone.

Carbon emissions in Malaysia mainly relate to urban settings, where the energy sector (including electricity and transportation) makes up 80% of total emissions. This means that there is enormous potential to reduce emissions from the energy sector to obtain both carbon and cost savings. A joint study by UNDP and the Economic Planning Unit (now known as the Ministry of Economic Affairs) estimated that just by improving energy efficiency in the buildings and transport sectors, RM46.9 billion (USD 11.2 billion) in energy spending could be saved between 2016 and 2030.

Low carbon city measures such clean energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and integrated waste management can help cities to leapfrog to a sustainable and green development pathway. Investments in low carbon cities also create opportunities for decent work in these new emerging sectors.

Many cities in Malaysia have already set a low-carbon vision or developed a low carbon action plan, and the preparation of greenhouse gas inventories that can help to track low-carbon actions are also underway. Urban areas such as Kuala Lumpur, Iskandar Malaysia, Seberang Perai and Melaka have signed up to be members of city alliances such as the C40 and ICLEI, making a commitment to minimise their carbon footprints. A total of 52 local authorities are now part of the Low Carbon City Framework Programme which encourages strategies and actions to reduce carbon emissions at the local level.

These cities are part of a group of almost 10,000 cities that are stepping up and committing to inspirational action to reduce carbon emissions.

What is UNDP Malaysia doing?

With funding support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNDP is working together with our partners the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) to implement a low carbon cities project titled the Green Technology Application for the Development of Low Carbon Cities (GTALCC) project.

The GTALCC project promotes integrated solutions covering a few focus areas: (1) integrated planning for climate action, (2) crowding in private investment and supporting city-level climate finance instruments, (3) driving the zero-carbon transition with a focus on integrated urban energy, building, transport and waste systems.

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E-Bicycle Handover Ceremony by MESTECC to Putrajaya Corporation under the GTALCC Project

GTALCC Kicks Off Low Carbon Mobility (Cycling) Initiative

GTALCC’s Low Carbon Mobility (Cycling) Initiative kicked off with a campaign to promote the usage of electric bicycles in 3 offices in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya. This effort is to reduce the use of cars and motorcycles for short trips and patrol in the cities – 5 units were handed over to Putrajaya Corporation and 3 units to SEDA Malaysia on 6th August 2019 at Kompleks Perbadanan Putrajaya. 4 more units will be handed over to Majlis Perbandaran Sepang later this month.


In Putrajaya, the ceremony was graced by YBrs. En. Ahmad Farid from MESTECC, YBhg. Datuk Dr. Aminuddin President of Putrajaya Corporation, Mr. Niels Knudson; Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP, Ir. Dr. Sanjayan CEO of SEDA Malaysia and senior management from PPj, UNDP and SEDA.

Starting with 5 units of ebikes as a pilot, Putrajaya Corporation intends to use more ebikes for its enforcement rounds and for commuting to meetings within Putrajaya to reduce local emissions in the City.  As the E-bikes provides pedal assistance, riders will enjoy more comfort and less fatigue when cycling in tropical Malaysia. This is part of GTALCC’s work to demonstrate low carbon projects at cities and support Putrajaya Green City 2025.


Perolehan Hijau: Tawaran Sebut Harga Bagi “Consultancy for Putrajaya Waste Minimisation And Management Action Plan”

  1. Tawaran Sebut Harga ini adalah dipelawa kepada syarikat-syarikat / pembekal yang berpengalaman, berkelayakan dan berdaftar dengan Kementerian Kewangan Malaysia dan pendaftarannya masih lagi berkuatkuasa dalam tempoh tiga (3) bulan dari tarikh tawaran ini diiklankan untuk membekalkan perkhidmatan berikut:
    No. Sebut Harga Tajuk Kod Bidang Tarikh Iklan dan Tarikh Tutup
    330207 atau yang berkaitan
    Tarikh Iklan:
    19 Mac 2019
    Tarikh Taklimat:
    27 Mac 2019
    Tempat Taklimat:
    SEDA Malaysia
    Galeria PjH, Aras 9,
    Jalan P4W, Persiaran Perdana, Putrajaya
    11.00 pagi
    Tarikh Tutup:
    10 April 2019 
    12:00 Tengahari
  2. Perkhidmatan yang ditawarkan perlu memenuhi keperluan seperti yang dinyatakan dalam Terma Rujukan bagi CONSULTANCY FOR PUTRAJAYA WASTE MINIMISATION AND MANAGEMENT ACTION PLAN.
  3. Dokumen Meja Sebut Harga boleh disemak pada 25 Mac 2019 (Isnin) sehingga 29 Mac 2019 (Jumaat) di SEDA Malaysia seperti ketetapan berikut:
    Hari Waktu
    Isnin – Khamis 9.00 pagi – 4.00 petang
    Jumaat 9.00 pagi – 12.00 tengahari
    3.00 petang – 4.00 petang
  4. Sesi Taklimat Sebut Harga adalah DIWAJIBKAN kepada firma / syarikat yang ingin menyertai sebut harga ini dan akan diadakan pada 27 Mac 2019 (Rabu) pada jam 11.00 pagi bertempat di Auditorium SEDA Malaysia. Pembekal hendaklah membawa satu (1) salinan Sijil Pendaftaran Kementerian Kewangan Malaysia, Sijil Pendaftaran Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) dan Cop Syarikat semasa menghadiri sesi taklimat. Borang Pengesahan Kehadiran Ke Sesi Taklimat Sebut Harga boleh dimuat turun di dalam laman sesawang SEDA Malaysia (www.seda.gov.my), Kementerian Tenaga, Sains, Teknologi, Alam Sekitar & Perubahan Iklim (MESTECC) (www.mestecc.gov.my) atau (www.gtalcc.gov.my) .
  5. Dokumen Sebut Harga hanya akan dijual bermula jam 2.00 petang pada 27 Mac 2019 (Rabu) sehingga 1 April 2019 (Isnin) dengan harga sebanyak RM 150.00 (Ringgit Malaysia: Satu Ratus Lima Puluh Sahaja). Semua kos berkaitan Cadangan Tawaran Sebut Harga ini adalah menjadi tanggungjawab pembekal. Bayaran Dokumen Sebut Harga hanya boleh dibuat secara ATAS TALIAN sahaja di atas nama:

    Bank : CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad (Cawangan Putrajaya)
    No. Akaun : 8600308067
    Swift Code : CTBBMYKL
  6. Penyebut Harga hendaklah mengemukakan slip pembelian serta Borang Pembelian Dokumen Sebut Harga dan emel kepada En. Mohd Azmi Hamdan (Azmi@seda.gov.my) dan Mohd Herwan Husain (Herwan@seda.gov.my). Dokumen Sebut Harga akan diperolehi melalui emel dalam bentuk PDF dan MS Word selepas pembayaran dibuat dan disahkan oleh pegawai kewangan SEDA Malaysia.
  7. Cadangan Tawaran hendaklah dimasukkan ke dalam sampul surat yang bermeterai dan bertanda dengan Tajuk dan No. Sebut Harga disebelah kiri atas sampul surat dan hendaklah dimasukkan ke dalam Peti Sebut Harga atau dihantar ke alamat seperti berikut:
    Jawatankuasa Pembuka Sebut Harga
    Galeria PjH, Aras 9, Jalan P4W, Persiaran Perdana,
    Presint 4, 62100 Putrajaya
  8. SEDA Malaysia tidak terikat untuk menerima Cadangan Tawaran terendah atau mana-mana cadangan tawaran. SEDA Malaysia berhak untuk menerima, menolak atau membatalkan keseluruhan atau sebahagian daripada Cadangan Tawaran.
  9. Cadangan Tawaran yang dikemukakan selepas tarikh dan masa tutup tidak akan dipertimbangkan.