MELAKA: The state will have its first full-fledged green city with the debut of Hang Tuah Jaya Green City project soon.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron unveiled the ambitious project in his speech to delegates at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Bonn, Germany.
Idris said the state government launched the project in line with its aim to become a Green Technology state by 2020.
Among the state’s plans include concrete actions on waste and water management, energy efficiency as well as green transportation.
“Our efforts include increasing the number of energy efficient buildings through energy performance contracts (EPC) and installing over 300,000 smart meters under the Smart Grid Melaka Project in addition to the two existing solar farms with a total capacity of 13 megawatt.
“I also would like to extend my invitation to stakeholders in European cities and companies to become involved in Melaka’s electric buses fleet expansion plans,” he told the international audience comprising over 50 delegates.
The event was opened by European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments director Hilde Hardeman and Global Issues at the European External Action Service managing director Lotee Knusden.
Idris said the state was not introducing new sustainable technology or systems, but instead, there would be a reconfiguration in governance to implement the changes.
He said fresh environmental policies were vital as Melaka moved towards becoming a Green Technology state and plans must be outlined for a better quality of life and that adequate resources apart from water and energy must be identified.
“Melaka has been taking solar energy initiatives and over the past few years we have seen a rapid growth in the usage of solar power.
“It is also imperative to have efficient water and waste water management systems in place to limit water leakages and minimise operational cost,” he said.
Idris also explained how Melaka converted from using High Pressure Sodium (HPS) to Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for its street lights.
He said the state also realised the importance for locals to adopt a sustainability mindset.
“We are continuously organising programmes to inculcate the need to adopt eco-friendly practices and products,” he added.
The event was closed Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy chief adviser Dr Ronald Hall.
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