Green township framework to be ready by year end

A framework on developing green townships will be ready by end of the year, Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry’s senior undersecretary for green technology sector Mohd Rosli Abdullah said.

He said the Green Township Framework would outline comprehensive guidelines for new and existing townships in the country to go green by incorporating environmental friendly technologies.

He added that utilisation of land use, traffic and other infrastructure and measuring the level of carbon dioxide would also be among the indicators for a green township.

“It is almost completed. The formulation of the framework is headed by the ministry with collaboration from other agencies including the Works Ministry, Town and Country Planning Department, Malaysian Institute of Planners and local governments,” he told reporters after attending the First International Young Planners Forum 2010 here today.

The one-day event was opened by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui.

Putrajaya and Cyberjaya have been picked to spearhead the project and to become models of green township in the country.

Towards this end, Rosli said government offices in Putrajaya had targeted to reduce its energy and water consumption by 10 per cent by end of this year.

“While we try to incorporate energy-saving technologies in buildings, we are also conducting awareness campaigns to educate staff and building managers on the importance of reducing energy and water consumption in everyday activities,” he added.

Earlier in his speech, Chin urged all sectors including members of the public to seriously put in efforts to help cut greenhouse gas emissions, saying the government had pledged to reduce emission by up to 40 per cent by 2020.

“Whether we can achieve it, it is up to all of us. If we just depends on top-down process, I doubt we will get any results,” he added.

– Bernama