Low carbon growth is a priority for the Malaysian Government. The 11th Malaysian Plan and its Strategic Thrust “Pursuing green growth for sustainability and resilience” includes low carbon and energy efficient mobility as a priority. Additionally, the Iskandar Region Transportation Blueprint for 2010-2030 states that green transportation is a major priority to achieve the transport modal split of 50% by 2030.
This project supported the Iskandar Region’s sustainable transportation plans and placed the IRDA (Iskandar Regional Development Authority) at the forefront of innovative mobility system development in Malaysia.
The aim of the project was to lay the groundwork for future international cooperation between Malaysia and the UK in the field of transportation solutions which has been created under the Prosperity Fund, a global funding programme created by the UK government to help promote economic and sustainable growth in emerging economies.
The project started by assessing sustainable transport challenges in the Iskandar Region and scoping possible Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) solutions from the UK which may improve urban mobility while achieving a reduction in carbon emissions. Project workshops will be hosted by the University of Reading Malaysia which will draw key transportation policy decision makers from federal, state, and local governments led by Future Cities Catapult with talks from subject experts from the UK including Transport Systems Catapult, Mott Macdonald and ITS Association UK.
The outcome of the project resulted in a recommendations report being produced, highlighting suggested mobility solutions and approaches IRDA could implement to help achieve its long-term vision. The report was presented to IRDA in the presence of its Senior Vice President and senior government officials on March 17.
About Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)
Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) is a Malaysian Federal Government statutory body tasked with the objective of regulating and driving various stakeholders in both public and private sector towards realizing the vision of developing Iskandar Malaysia into a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing.
About the University of Reading Malaysia
The University of Reading Malaysia is the first overseas campus of the University of Reading in the UK and is based in EduCity@Iskandar. Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide, the university offers a UK quality education for students at Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level in a range of subjects including business, accounting, finance, property, construction, psychology and pharmacy.
About British High Commission Kuala Lumpur
The British High Commission is responsible for developing and maintaining relations between the UK and Malaysia representing the British government in its relations with the Malaysian government and present British policies to the Malaysian government and to Malaysians. They report and explain Malaysian policies to the British government and support British interests as well as coordinating the political, economic, environmental and commercial activities of the British government.