8 August 10:30-12:00 (MYT), 11:30-13:00 (JST)
“High Level Talks Toward a Zero-Carbon Kuala Lumpur”
- Developing an Institutional Framework Towards a Zero-Carbon Kuala Lumpur City and Neighborhood,
in Collaboration with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Saitama City -
The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),
held in November 2021, solidified consensus around the new global goal of limiting the temperature increase to
1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. In order to achieve this goal, it is essential for each country to accelerate
its efforts at various levels, including at the state, city, and district levels.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) and the Kuala Lumpur Municipality (KL City) launched their city-to-city
collaboration in 2019, aiming to transfer TMG’s know-how to establish a system that will realise and promote KL’s
version of ‘zero-carbon buildings’. The project has provided support for surveying the energy consumption of KL's
1955 public buildings, estimating their reduction potential. The project also supported in selecting public
buildings that should be prioritised for energy-saving renovations and formulating guidelines. In addition to
the existing collaboration between the two cities, Saitama City, newly selected as a leading decarbonisation area,
joined the program this year.
In Japan, "smart cities" are being planned and developed to address a host of challenges (climate change mitigation
and adaptation, new infectious diseases, population decline, and disaster prevention and mitigation), and Saitama City
has experience in successfully developing “smart home community” blocks in the Misono area (blocks 1 through 3).
By sharing its knowledge and know-how with KL City, Saitama City is supporting the realisation of a new carbon-neutral
district conceived by the Mayor of KL City.
This session will share the latest status of initiatives by KL City, TMG, Saitama City, and supporting organisations
that are promoting advanced initiatives for achieving carbon neutrality. TMG, which has received awards from C40
and the World Green Building Council for its low-carbon building programs and is highly regarded worldwide, will
introduce its latest initiatives: its 2050 "Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy" and " Fast forward to “Carbon Half”
” (e.g., revisions of the ordinance on the decarbonisation of the building sector, and resource recycling initiatives).
Saitama City will also introduce how to promote societal transition and decarbonisation through "Smart Home Communities,"
a case study of urban development pioneered in the Misono District.