Urban planning in Kuala Lumpur today works to create a city that is able to withstand the effects of climate change and reduce risks from disasters.
Based on the Kuala Lumpur Low Carbon Society Blueprint of 2030, the reduction of carbon emissions in the power generation sector and the improvements to energy efficiency are expected to contribute as much as 70% of overall carbon mitigation potential in Kuala Lumpur in 2030.
Kuala Lumpur as a climate-smart and low carbon city strengthens the resolve of Kuala Lumpur to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transform into a low carbon global city that efficiently manages resources (particularly on the aspects of green transportation), solid waste, water, and energy. This will encourage infrastructure development that is resilient and climate-smart. Indirectly, it enhances competence and livability to drive future green growth.
The blueprint focuses on planning, management, and development. The development includes mitigation measures, adaptation to the effects of natural disasters and climate change, efficiency in reduction of carbon emissions, and effective resource management.
There are four strategic directions in the plan:
- Resilience against Natural Disasters and Climate Change
- Efficiency in Urban Resource Management
- Efficiency in Reduction of Carbon Emissions
- Low Carbon Community Development
The increase in frequency and intensity of climate-related natural disasters such as flash floods, droughts, and landslides will carry a huge impact if they occur in high-density areas such as Kuala Lumpur. This is even more vital as Kuala Lumpur is the hub of the nation’s growth with a large population. Therefore, efforts towards enhancing resilience against climate change and natural disasters are important in the coming years. This strategy aims to execute a planning and development strategy that increases the city’s resilience against climate change and natural disasters.
This strategic push also focuses on the development of resource-efficient infrastructure to improve resource management (relating to water supply), sewerage systems, solid waste, and electricity in ways that are efficient, reliable and sustainable.
This strategy has three (3) objectives:
- Manage resource exploitation in an efficient manner using smart technology
- Empower Kuala Lumpur as a resource-efficient and low carbon city
- Maximise energy efficiency to reduce GHG in Kuala Lumpur
A low carbon society plays an important role in forming a low carbon and green city. A low carbon society’s lifestyle refers to low carbon habits that relate to the way of life at the local and community level. In order to achieve this, it is crucial to empower society to conduct such initiatives through an action plan.