DAY 2 – 4 OCTOBER 2017, AM
Green Economy and Future Cities
The global concern over issues of climate change, global warming and the management of our environment calls for informed and co-ordinated actions in ensuring that the next generations will inherit a place that is not only fit for human habitation, but conducive for future growth and prosperity. Iskandar Malaysia is actively pursuing a low carbon green growth path in the planning, development and management of this rapidly growing economic region in southern Johor. IRDA is now implementing its adopted Green Economy Guidelines for this purpose, the GEG being one of the 281 programmes outlined in the Adopted Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia, which IRDA launched at COP18 in Doha, Qatar, in 2012. This conference aims to achieve three main objectives: Share with the world Iskandar Malaysia’s approach to developing this economic region through strong and proactive stance on Business and Government working together towards a low carbon green economy; Generate fresh ideas to enable a smooth transition to a green economy by mapping out the Low Carbon Society Blueprint programmes across areas that include resource efficiency and optimisation, decarbonising business, industries and related operations, energy efficiency and the greater use of renewable energy for power; waste prevention; attracting investment in infrastructure; and Come up with new and innovative approaches towards going green by matching business and government covering priority areas, incentives, institutional requirements, approval processes, planning compliance, monitoring and reporting. Iskandar Malaysia’s transition to a green economy also takes account of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the 2015 Paris Agreement. Our urban areas and their hinterland need to be planned and managed together as a cohesive and integrated whole so that movement of people and goods across them are smooth with lower carbon footprints. By 2025, 70% of the world population will be living in cities; where 80% of the energy and resources are consumed. Cities must therefore be planned and managed to become “sustainable cities” in order to achieve the SDGs and implement the Paris Agreement. Business must play a significant and pivotal role in helping Iskandar Malaysia achieve its goal to become a “sustainable metropolis”. At the same time, governments must take action to support businesses, which in turn will help transform the cities of the future. We have put together an impressive line-up of speakers from across the world, and topics that range from those cities that are already practising the green economy and climate resilience to those just starting. The conference is expected to generate lots of discussions and suggestions; and we welcome these with a view to making them happen over the next 8 years to 2025 and beyond.