The Malaysian Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, Datuk Seri Peter Chin, announced on February 21st, 2012, the selection of five locations to pilot the country’s low-carbon city framework. The framework, aimed at promoting sustainable urban living practices, was formed in September 2011 in an effort to meet the government’s target of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020. The Malaysian government selected five geographically disperse locations to pilot this new framework, including major cities such as Kuala Lumpur. These cities will focus on developing low-carbon solutions and practices in four main areas: urban environment; urban transportation; urban infrastructure; and buildings. Development in these pilot locations will benefit from assistance provided by the government’s Green Technology Financing Scheme, launched in 2010, which has approved 36 loans worth over €150 million.

Source: Article in Malaysian English language daily The Sun

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