PETALING JAYA (Nov 30): The Malaysia Green Building Council (malaysiaGBC), in conjunction with the World Green Building Council’s Advancing Net Zero project, announced the launch of the malaysiaGBC Carbon Score (MCS) initiative on Saturday (Nov 27). The project is a comprehensive assessment protocol designed to measure the carbon footprint of both new and existing Malaysian buildings, as well as to accelerate the decarbonisation of the built environment.

According to the press statement on Saturday, the MCS, which is specifically tailored for Malaysian standards and construction practices, applies localised carbon factors to evaluate both the operational and embodied greenhouse gas emissions associated with building construction and occupancy. A further breakdown of the project’s overall carbon footprint is presented based on five subcategories — energy (operational emissions), materials (embodied emissions), transport, waste and emissions offsets.

“The MCS provides a comprehensive measurement of individual buildings’ environmental impact that both corresponds with and contributes to national standards for carbon reporting and management,” the statement said.

Focused precisely on net zero emissions targets, the MCS is created to add value to the existing Malaysian Green Building Rating Tools. “The initiative is thereby positioned to further enhance the country’s commitment to global decarbonisation, ensuring that net zero and carbon positive buildings become the primary form of construction across all sectors of the country’s economy,” it said.

“The MCS establishes a clear framework for individual building owners, developers and local authorities to strive for carbon neutrality in both their existing buildings and future projects. By evaluating the emissions intensity and mitigation efforts of the individual buildings/projects that comprise our built environment, the MCS lays out a definitive path towards a collective zero-carbon building future,” it added.

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