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Net Zero 2050 Low Carbon Spatial Planning

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.

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Boyd Dionysius Joeman

Boyd is a Chartered Town Planner with over 35 years’ experience in urban planning, environmental planning and management, and climate related matters within Malaysia and abroad. He was the Lead of Resilient Environment at IRDA and involved in the preparation and implementation of the Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia, a joint research project with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kyoto & Okayama universities and the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan. At IRDA, he headed the preparation of several blueprints, including the Low Carbon Society Blueprint, the Environmental Planning Blueprint, Shoreline Management Plan and the Green Economy Guidelines. He oversees the implementation of climate-related matters at Iskandar Malaysia; various green building and urban-assessment tools such as CASBEE, BEMRS and GAIA; and the monitoring of GHG emissions of Iskandar Malaysia.

Guest Speakers

Ms. Nor Zaliza binti Mohd Puzi

Nor Zaliza Mohd Puzi has a Master of Environment from University Putra Malaysia (2003), and a degree in Town and Regional Planning from University Technology Malaysia (2001). She is currently the Senior Town Planner leading the Environment & Disaster Risk Management Unit of Research & Development Division in the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning, Peninsular Malaysia (currently known as PLANMalaysia).

Nor Zaliza Mohd Puzi has been working with PLANMalaysia for 17 years. Throughout her service in Research and Development Division since 2009, she is in charges of doing research on environmental management planning, green development planning, sustainable development, climate change, resilient city and low carbon city planning. She was the desk officer in charge of several planning guidelines related to environmental planning, such as Planning Guideline for Development of Hillside and Highland Areas, Planning Guideline on Physical Development of Islands and Marine Park, Planning Guideline on Identification and Redevelopment of Brownfield Areas, Planning Guideline on Conservation and Development of Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs). She also involves in the implementation of green neighbourhood initiatives since 2011. Currently, she leads the research team on low carbon city planning guidelines, that hope to be published soon. She also involves in the implementation of green neighbourhood initiatives since 2011. Currently, she leads the research team on low carbon city planning guidelines, that hope to be published soon.

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Dr. Dirk Ahlers

Dr. Dirk Ahlers is a senior researcher and project manager of +CityxChange. He has a background in Computer Science and now works as a research manager with the Smart Sustainable Cities group of the Department of Architecture and Planning.

He has been an ERCIM Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Data and Information Management group and a research scientist in the Information Systems group of the Department of Computer Science, working on Urban Intelligence, knowledge management, mobility and geospatial analysis, Smart Cities, and emission monitoring systems. His research interests are Urban Intelligence, Smart Cities, Climate Mitigation, Sustainability, Climate Neutral Cities, Open Innovation, Urban Systems Modelling, Geospatial Retrieval, Information Retrieval, Web Mining, Search Engines, Information Access, Mobile, and Everything Geo.

He is organizing the CS3CS — Workshop on City Strategies for Smart Sustainable Climate Solutions in Trondheim and is the co-chair of the LocWeb - Location and the Web workshop series. He is also a member of the Smart Sustainable Cities research group and of OADE - Open Autonomous Digital Ecosystems.

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Datin Paduka TPR Dr. Dahlia Rosly

Dr. Dahlia Rosly is a member of the Advisory Council, Malaysian Institute of Planners. She was former Director-General of the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning (PLANMalaysia) and has wide experience dealing with strategic, regional and local landuse planning. She had facilitated many sustainable development initiatives in Malaysia and also renders expert input in Social Impact Assessment, Green Communities and Transport Planning. In 2011 she had spearheaded the Malaysian Green Neighbourhood Planning Guidelines, followed by the Green Neighbourhood Action Plan for Local Authorities in Malaysia which raised awareness and participation in low carbon lifestyles from many Local Authorities.

Dr. Dahlia is instrumental in introducing Social Impact Assessment (SIA) in Malaysia in 1999 and the consequent legislation of SIA. She is also responsible in bringing the Ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9) to Malaysia. Other local initiatives that she had introduced include the ‘Happiness Index’ in 2010, pilot projects for ‘Healthy Cities’ in 2014 and was in the principal team in the planning and implementation of Tanjung Malim ‘Youth City’.

Dr. Dahlia had obtained an Honours Degree in Planning from Oxford Brookes University, UK, in 1981; a Masters Degree in Transport from the Imperial College, University of London; and a PhD in Social Impact Assessment of Light Rail Transit, from Newcastle University, UK, in 1997. She had in the past served as a Member of Commission for SPAD (Land Public Transport Commission). She is a founding member of the Malaysian Association for Social Impact Assessment and is currently a member of the Alliance for Safe Communities.

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Mr. Adam Friedberg

Adam currently manages and operates Buro Happold's Cities team in North America. He supervises and manages Cities 20 staff in New York and Los Angeles, as well as operates team finances, leads bids, manages projects and is Project Director for all Cities Projects in North America. He has over 17 years of experience in sustainability, resilience, environmental engineering and consulting for private, public and not-for-profit clients nationally and internationally. His work includes developing and implementing innovative sustainable planning, design and on-going maintenance strategies for buildings, infrastructure and urban and suburban planning projects. His skills include project management, developing user-friendly, integrated tools for clients, developing sustainability frameworks and guidelines, certification and accreditation of buildings and communities, climate action planning, greenhouse gas reporting, performing feasibility and life-cycle assessments for energy, water, and waste technologies and facilitating workshops. Adam is a native of New York, with a degree in Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Professional Engineer in the State of New York.

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