Iskandar Malaysia To Be A Low-Carbon ‘Smart’ City27 November 2012, By ASIAN SCIENTIST
AsianScientist (Nov. 26, 2012) – Iskandar Malaysia is a potential model for future urban development, say international experts.
It not only addresses the social and economic needs of burgeoning populations but also the environmental challenges they will face, say members of Malaysia’s Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC).
Spanning over 2,217 square kilometers of land area at the southern Johor region, the size of Iskandar is comparable to that of Luxemborg in Europe. It is hoped that Iskandar can become a model for a “smart metropolis,” by integrating social well-being and environment-friendly technologies in increasingly crowded urban settings.
By 2030, global urban carbon dioxide emissions are anticipated to reach up to 36.5 billion metric tons, double the urban emissions of 1990. The Iskandar project is part of a research project called “The Development of Low Carbon Scenarios for Asian Regions” that plans to reduce greenhouse gas levels by 50 percent by 2025.
It will use renewable energy such as natural gas, solar, and biomass to power low carbon-buildings and a “smart” public transportation system.
“Malaysia’s Iskandar ‘smart metropolis’ seeks to offer a model to countries needing to accommodate the social and economic needs of fast-rising populations and environmental challenges,” said Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS).
According to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Iskandar is not only a model for environment protection and equitable development; it has also attracted the U.K.-based Pinewood Film Studios, Asia’s first Legoland theme park, and universities such as Newcastle University, the University of Southampton, Marlborough College, and Singapore’s Raffles University Iskandar.
“The collaboration of Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), and the GSAIC in the creation of smart, livable urban communities will yield an improved quality of life for thousands of citizens, with safer, cleaner, healthier, more affordable, and more vibrant neighborhoods, serviced by more efficient and accessible transportation systems – great destinations for businesses,” said the Prime Minister.