Actionable steps for Malaysia’s building industry in pursuit of net zero

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Actionable steps for Malaysia’s building industry in pursuit of net zero

September 6, 2022

As Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur is gearing up to become a pilot climate-resilient and carbon neutral society by 2050. A breakdown of this goal is for carbon emissions to be reduced by 70 per cent come 2030—less than a decade away—through short-, medium- and long-term plans, including initiatives to spearhead the adoption of low-carbon technologies.

But what is technically feasible today for the built environment industry to achieve these goals? This was the core of the discussion at the Malaysia Green Building Council (malaysiaGBC) Focus Forum: Advancing Net Zero Carbon Construction in Malaysia on 29 June 2022, held as part of ARCHIDEX, a regional-scale architecture, interior and building exhibition.

Four industry experts took part in the panellist discussion, moderated by Ir CK Tang. The session opened with a presentation by Ar Nik Mohd Faizal, Deputy Director of Architecture Department from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur/DBKL), outlining DBKL’s initiatives to achieve “carbon neutral ready” status by 2040, which would allocate a transitional decade before becoming fully carbon neutral in 2050. From this moment to decades ahead, the built environment will have transformed—but possibly not by much.

Ir Tan Khim Bok, Partner at IEN Consultants that specialises in environmentally sustainable design (ESD), underlined how by 2050, at least 80 per cent of buildings in Malaysia would already have been built today. Therefore, it is more important to address the reduction of operational carbon emissions.

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