Because sustainable development and low carbon emission has become a global concern, the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) has implemented the Low Carbon Cities Framework & Assessment (LCCF) and on the 20th of March Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) and the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) signed a Memorandum of in all 149 municipalities by 2020.
The framework provides the municipalities with strategies to reduce overall carbon emissions. The assessment on the other hand offers tools to monitor and to track carbon emission levels. The LCCF includes four key elements namely, the Urban Environment, Urban Transportation, Urban Infrastructure and Building. There are 13 performance criteria and 35 sub-criteria in total detailing the strategies which the municipalities ought to know and execute in order to reduce carbon emission; strategic policy control, technological development, improved process and product management, change in procurement system, carbon capture and consumption strategies, amongst others.
To date, less than 20% of the municipalities are implementing LCCT since its official launch in 2012: Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya, Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya, Majlis Perbandaran Hang Tuah Jaya and the Iskandar Regional Development Authority. Seven municipalities will soon implement LCCT: Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh, Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan, Majlis Perbandaran Kota Bahru, Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu and Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara. By 2020, Malaysia’s emission intensity of GDP is expected to drop 40% from the base year of 2015.