Cyberjaya adopts ‘low-hanging fruit’ initiatives to cut carbon emissions

CYBERJAYA: Cyberview Sdn Bhd, the landowner and lead developer of Cyberjaya, will invest RM400,000 this year in “low hanging fruit” initiatives to shrink the smart city’s carbon footprint.

The company will install solar panels on bus shelters to power the shelter lights at night, put up more GreeNomad vendor kiosks that sport green features and two more 50kg composting machines, said acting managing director Izatul Arini during an awards ceremony honouring companies and other stakeholders in Cyberjaya that have contributed towards greening the township last month.

The companies included Cyberview, S P Setia Bhd, Prima Properties Management Sdn Bhd, Setia Haruman Sdn Bhd, Sepang Development Corp, Multimedia Development Corp and the Sepang Municipal Council.

Besides these measures, Cyberview via its joint venture company Perdinginan Megajana Sdn Bhd is also looking at building a third cooling plant in Cyberjaya.

Currently, the two plants that form the district cooling system have a total capacity of 20,000 refrigerant tonnes.

Cyberjaya aims to cut its carbon footprint by 21% from a projected 3.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2020.

“Our target will require comparable reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, which is mainly the result of burning fossil fuels. The green culture that we are trying to propagate will be a distant reality if Malaysia is still guided by the profits at the expense of the environment,” said Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Nor’ Aini Abdul Wahab in a speech on April 29 when presenting Cyberjaya’s low carbon city framework.

Cyberview’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions include a dedicated bus shuttle system that services an estimated 2,500 passengers daily.

The company and its fellow stakeholders in the tech city have planted 1,500 trees along a 3km stretch at Persiaran Multimedia.

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on May 10, 2013.

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