Sarawak’s commitment to sustainable green city
12 Feb 2023
Sarawak is committed to transforming the state into a sustainable green city in cognizance of the importance of environmental sustainability.
Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state’s goal is to create livable, healthy and vibrant cities that will meet the needs of residents and preserve the environment for future generations.
“To achieve this goal, we are implementing a range of sustainable urban development practices, including energy-efficient buildings, sustainable transportation systems, and green space development.
“We are also promoting the use of renewable energy and reducing our carbon footprint, in line with our commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change,” he said when delivering his keynote address at the Asean Education Cities Conference (AECC) 2023 held at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur yesterday Feb 11).
Abang Johari added that by incorporating environmental sustainability into the economic recovery efforts, it is not only helping to protect the environment, but also creating opportunities for investment and growth in the green economy.
“This will allow us to attract businesses and investors who are looking for a sustainable and responsible investment destination, while also supporting our goal of becoming a high-income and developed state by 2030,” he said.
On another note, he said the adoption of the Green Building Index has been growing in recent years, with several notable green building projects being developed in the state.
“These buildings range from commercial office buildings and residential developments to hotels and mixed-use projects,” he said.
One notable project, the University of Technology Sarawak (UTS), received a Platinum rating for their campus design that incorporates green elements in its design and planning to create a beautiful, eco-friendly campus and its stunning architecture.
He added Sarawak is also developing the low carbon society blueprints in cities and towns in Sarawak to achieve sustainability goals by addressing concerns related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency, and promoting sustainable transportation options
“We have also developed a Kuching Smart City Master Plan that is considering low carbon mobility and smart city infrastructure for Sarawak’s capital city and we have plans to develop similar smart city master plans for other urban areas in Sarawak that balance environmental sustainability and urbanisation,” he said.
He also said the Sarawak government has implemented various initiatives aimed at retaining talent and attracting skilled individuals to create a more attractive environment for highly skilled individuals, and to reduce the rate of brain drain in the state.
“Let me emphasise that the future of our education and sustainable cities is in our own hands.
“I believe developing an integrated, smart, and eco-township can bring many benefits, including promoting green energy, healthy living, sustainability, and circular economy – modelled especially for Sarawak,” said Abang Johari.
Source: New Sarawak Tribune