The Ipoh City Council (Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh) has officially entered into a partnership with Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), resulting from a series of discussions between both parties, since 2019.
Ipoh City Mayor Dato’ Rumaizi Bin Baharin @ Md Daud signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on behalf of MBI while UiTM Vice Chancellor Y.Bhg. Profesor Emeritus Datuk Ir. Dr. Mohd Azraai Kassim represented the university.
The MOU signing ceremony at Hotel Grand Bluewave, Shah Alam yesterday, was also attended by Ipoh City Council Secretary Pn. Hjh Zuraina Kamarul Arif; senior directors and department heads of the council.
MBI wishes to remodel Ipoh into a Low Carbon City in line with the aspirations of the Federal Government, to see that all 154 Local Authorities (PBT) throughout the country implement initiatives towards low carbon status.
The primary objective of this initiative is to reduce the intensity of carbon emissions nationwide, to meet the government’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 45% by 2030.
To this end, the Ipoh Low Carbon City Blueprint is to put MBI on course to achieve its target to be recognised as a Low Carbon City.
The Low Carbon City Framework (LCCF) is a guide for local authorities to transform cities into low carbon. It was developed by Green Tech Malaysia focusing on the reduction of carbon emissions in four (4) key criteria, namely Environment, Infrastructure, Transportation and Urban Buildings. These four sectors are used to measure the performance (performance-based system) of reducing carbon emissions by local authorities.
The framework that meets the scope of LCCF is essential to reach the criteria to make Ipoh a low carbon city that will be developed with the cooperation of experts / researchers from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Infrastructure Development and Infostructure Office and supported by researchers from UiTM Sri Iskandar Perak campus.
Hopefully, development of the blueprint through this cooperation between MBI and UiTM is able to increase awareness, especially among Ipohites in achieving the initiative to realise the desire to make Ipoh a Low Carbon City by 2030.
This blueprint will also be included in the Preparation of Ipoh Local Plan 2035 (Replacement) towards Ipoh Low Carbon City 2030. This attempt is a continuation of the achievement of MBI in obtaining Provisional Certification (Baseline Assessment) and to proceed with efforts to attain “Diamond Rating” for Central Planning Area (KPP) in Energy Efficiency for several council-owned buildings that have been identified.
This is in conformity with MBI’s intention to promote buildings in Ipoh City as efficient establishments in terms of energy consumption, and as a measure to mould Ipohites as a low carbon community.
The result of this collaboration is expected to stimulate other cooperation that can elevate MBI to a high standard on par with leading cities both within Malaysia and abroad.