Low Carbon Society For Kuala Lumpur: From Blueprint To Implementation

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A low carbon city is a society where people collaborate and put efforts into reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions, whether emitted from the hustle and bustle of daily life, or from commercial and industrial activities.

At the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Denmark and having ratified the Paris Agreement 2015, Malaysia has committed to reducing its carbon emission intensity in comparison to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 45 percent by the year 2030 relative to the emissions intensity of GDP in year 2005.

Cities globally are taking initiatives and working on a sustainable urbanisation approach that centers on reducing the carbon footprint or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of cities by means of minimising or abolishing the utilisation of energy sourced from fossil fuels and tackling climate change. A low carbon city is a society where people collaborate and put efforts into reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions, whether emitted from the hustle and bustle of daily life, or from commercial and industrial activities.

With this year’s chosen theme on ‘Low Carbon Society: From Blueprint to Implementation’, the 12th International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities (WCSC) 2021 conference series will explore and address the benefits and challenges pertaining to low carbon cities, sustainable urban mobility, urban environment / greenery, and climate change. Towards this purpose, the 3 Partner Organisations for WCSC 2021 make this year’s virtual event the most accessible WCSC series ever. The organising committee came up with a 2-day conference programme with expected participation from more than 1,000 delegates, by bringing together esteemed international and local speakers including panelists from Denmark, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Africa and Malaysia to share knowledge on international best practices and case studies from other World Class Cities including:-

  1. Y Bhg Datuk Seri Haji Mahadi bin Che Ngah, Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
  2. Y Bhg Dato’ Seri Ir Dr Zaini Ujang, Secretary-General, Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA), Malaysia;
  3. Y Bhg Professor Dato’ Ir Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor, Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Malaya (UM);
  4. Mr David Sim, Partner / Creative Director, Gehl, Denmark;
  5. Dr Andy Bow, Senior Partner & Deputy Head of Studio, Foster & Partners, United Kingdom;
  6. Ms Carly Gilbert-Patrick, Team Leader – Active Mobility, Digitalisation & Mode Integration, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Africa;
  7. Mr Esben Neander Kristensen, Director & Team Lead, Gehl, Denmark;
  8. Dr Ir Aisa Dokmauly Tobing, Deputy Secretary-General, CityNet (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements in Asia Pacific) / Senior Advisor to the Governor of Jakarta / Secretary-General, Jakarta Research Council (DRD), Indonesia; and
  9. Ar Serina bt Hijjas, Director, Hijjas Architects & Planners, Malaysia.

Over the past 11 years, WCSC Partner Organisations have made continuous efforts to educate and change public mindsets and perceptions on the benefits and challenges faced in becoming a World Class Sustainable and Livable City. The achievement of such positive initiatives and progressive results include the transformation of Cheongyecheon River restoration in Seoul, Korea that was a great prelude to Kuala Lumpur’s River of Life project; Brazil’s Curitiba experience for its exemplary city transportation solutions; Denmark’s experiences as a walkable and cycling city; Hong Kong and Singapore’s pedestrianisation projects that include covered walkway systems to make cities for the people; the metamorphosis of Kaohsiung, Taiwan from an industrial polluter to an ecological tourist hub demonstrating that livable cities are creative and competitive; to name a few.

The WCSC 2021 event will be held virtually from 27 – 28 September 2021 (Monday – Tuesday). The organising committee said registration will be offered on a complimentary basis.

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