By Siti Rohaizah Zainal
SHAH ALAM, Feb 21 — The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) was presented with 26 awards, including a Special Award for local authorities which have been the most active in implementing low-carbon initiatives, at the Anugerah Bandar Rendah Karbon 2022 awards ceremony yesterday evening.
It also received 25 Diamond Recognition Awards for the 2030 low-carbon city challenge, which were presented by Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.
Shah Alam Mayor Nor Fuad Abdul Hamid said the planning towards a low-carbon city is not something that is recent, but instead a long-term initiative over the past several years.
“The commitment and cooperation from various quarters in low-carbon city planning have been very strong, particularly strategic partners like building owners in the city centre who are also cooperating in the effort to make Shah Alam a low-carbon city by 2030.
“This year MBSA will focus on organising a low-carbon programme, involving the wider community at large and schools by using the funds derived from the collection charges for plastic bag usage.
“We seek increased involvement on the school level as it is part of our effort to educate students, especially children, and raise their awareness on a low-carbon urban environment,” he said.
Similarly, fellow local authority Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) received a Special Award for the most carbon reduction category, which stands at approximately 60,373 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Council President Datuk Abd Hamid Hussain said MPSepang is gratified over the award, as it is proof of the implementation of its low-carbon initiatives.
“We have carried out various initiatives like planting trees and switching to the installation of solar-type lights, especially in Cyberjaya. Annually, we aim for an increase in low-carbon reduction and a 30 per cent reduction by 2030.
“MPSepang is constantly encouraging agencies and departments, and particularly the private sector, to collectively work towards carbon reduction,” he said.