Malaysia intends to reduce 45% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of gross domestic product (GDP) by year 2030 relative to the emissions intensity of GDP in 2005 (35% on an unconditional basis and a further 10% on a conditional basis, depending upon receipt of climate finance, technology transfer and capacity building from developed countries). In line with the strong commitment shown at the national level, spatial planning which incorporates low carbon measures and significant changes to the way we use and manage our land resources are crucial in order to help to contribute towards Malaysia’s commitment to reduce GHG emissions or Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets.
Looking at the fact that land use sector remains one of the major emitters of GHGs in Malaysia, some examples that can be adopted are planning for sustainable urbanization, increase the forest covers and other carbon sink areas, promote wetlands conservation and restoration effort and restoring and reforesting degraded lands. At the 1992 United Nations Rio Earth Summit, Malaysia has pledged to maintain at least 50% of the country’s land mass under forest cover and this was further reiterated during the 21st Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This is, among any others, one of the strong commitments shown by the Malaysian Government in tackling climate change which can be achieved through low carbon spatial planning.
Join us in the Low Carbon Cities Webinar Series fourth webinar titled “Net Zero 2050 Low Carbon Spatial Planning” to hear our expert speakers share their insights and experiences on spatial planning in low carbon cities and discuss whether it can be an achievable possibility for the future.