Ready for Low Carbon Living?

Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), during IMELC 2021’s opening.  

ISKANDAR PUTERI – The use of the Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC) 2021 website, which has been developed with sponsorship from UNDP Malaysia Accelerator Lab, will increase understanding among 100,000 primary school students across Johor on low carbon living when the competition begins today.

The IMELC programme has been implemented for the past 8 years starting with 23 schools and has now grown to involve 906 schools throughout the state of Johor.

Starting this year, the implementation of IMELC has been adjusted to the new norm by adopting the use of digital platforms that enable wider access and participation from students, teachers and parents throughout Johor.

Even the website which has the concept of interactive learning and the injection of gamification elements is able to attract students to understand the need to cultivate a low carbon lifestyle dynamically. Through this specially designed website, the system of counting marks and uploading IMELC reports from teachers can be implemented more easily, thus enabling the determination of winners to be done more efficiently.

Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), said, “This programme is carried out in line with the low carbon agenda in Iskandar Malaysia which expects its community to continue to enjoy life in a ‘green’ environment in line with the rapid development that is taking place”.

“Therefore, on this day which is also the 15th anniversary of Iskandar Malaysia, I, together with my strategic partners and support, are very pleased to launch the Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC) 2021 programme.”

“This programme is carried out in line with the low carbon agenda in Iskandar Malaysia which expects its community to continue to enjoy life in a ‘green’ environment in line with the rapid development that is taking place”. – Y.Bhg. Datuk Ismail Ibrahim

Prof. Datuk Ts. Dr Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia is confident that the five challenges of a low carbon society in provided by the UTM research team will be a platform for the prosperity of the community. The five challenges are a review of lifestyle, water and electricity consumption, vehicle use and 3R practices. Hopefully, the IMELC consortium comprising government agencies, non-governmental agencies, companies and schools can step up efforts to combat Climate Action and ensure a more sustainable life for future generations.

The continuity and successful implementation of the IMELC 2021 programme is the result of the cooperation of strategic partners, namely IRDA, Johor State Education Department (JPNJ), UTM and SWM Environment Sdn Bhd. This year, the IMELC programme was also supported by the Green Technology Applications for Low Carbon Cities (GTALCC) project managed by SEDA Malaysia, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Malaysia and the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education and Sustainable Development, United Nations University.

Meanwhile, Ho De Leong, Chief Executive Officer of SWM Environment, described the IMELC programme as a platform to achieve the strategy and aspirations of the National Hygiene Policy and the National Low Carbon City Master Plan, thus able to move efforts to achieve the target of 40% national recycling rate by 2025.

“In line with the implementation of the digital platform in IMELC this time, the use of the KITARecycle application developed by SWM Environment with the provision of reward points and detailed records for each recycling activity is very timely. The move will be able to avoid the risk of a pandemic and in turn, make it easier for the schools involved to monitor and earn reward points that can be redeemed for cash through online transfers,” he explained.

The IMELC 2021 competition will run from August to December 2021.


MyL3C virtually launched, empowers cities on low carbon pathway


KUALA LUMPUR –Water and Environment (KASA) Minister Dato’ Sri Tuan Ibrahim bin Tuan Man today represented Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in officiating the Malaysian Low Carbon Cities Conference  (MyL3C).

The conference theme is “Empowering Cities Towards a Low Carbon Pathway”.

Also, the National Low Carbon Cities Masterplan  (NLCCM) was launched together today. The NLCCM is an initiative under the Green Technology Application for the Development of Low Carbon Cities (GTALCC) to implement the low carbon initiative in Malaysia via an integrated way.

NLCCM is a policy paper consisting of 3 key drivers and 3 key enablers supported by 9 main agenda and 24 action plans, said in a statement.

It will bring the synergy between the Ministry, Government department, state government, local authority and community.

The plan introduces 3M – Measurement, Management and Mitigation mainly for administrators and urban planners to implement the low carbon initiative by the local authority.

In implementing the NLCCM strategy, it is expected by 2050, 15 local authorities to achieve the neutral carbon status in urban areas.

The MyL3C conference was conducted virtually by 500 participants from Ministries, government agencies, state government, local authorities and professional bodies as well as NGOs.

Deputy KASA Minister Senator Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Masrizal bin Muhammad, KASA chief secretary Dato’ Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini bin Ujang and UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapura and Brunei Darussalam, Mr. Niloy Banerjee attended the virtual conference.

During the conference, the Geran Pemangkin Bandar Rendah Karbon (GeRAK) was approved and given to 64 local authorities.

GeRAK is part of the initiative under PEMERKASA and all the local authorities are encouraged to attend the phase two of the program and the closing date is August 31. Further information can be obtained at

KASA will take a lead on the climate change effort to strengthen the mitigation actions and adaptation to manage climate change via ‘whole-of-government’ approach.

Also, the strategic synergy between federal government and state government and local authorities will further empower to ensure the policy effectiveness and programs related to the low carbon city development in Malaysia.

Among the plenary sessions held together are ‘Building a Low-carbon, Resilient Recovery from the Covid-19 Crisis’,  ‘Low Carbon Cities Policy and Urban Planning: Potential and Future Prospect’ and ‘Low Carbon Success Stories by Cities’.