Kuala Lumpur is an up and coming centre for works and projects related to sustainability and renewable energy development in the region. A number of companies that manufacture photo-voltaic panels in Malaysia have based their headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is one of the biggest global manufacturers of photo-voltaic cells used to generate solar energy.
The city also has the highest number of projects accredited under the Green Building Index (GBI) in the country, as well as the second-highest concentration of GBI-registered projects. Annually Kuala Lumpur plays host to the International Greentech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM), which attracts over 30,000 participants from all over the world.
On the oil and gas front, Kuala Lumpur is recognized as the regional hub for the industry. One of the city’s iconic landmarks, the PETRONAS Twin Towers, serves as the headquarters to the national oil company – a Fortune 500 company. Completed in 1996, the PETRONAS Twin Towers remain as the tallest twin buildings in the world.
Major oil & gas multinational corporations such as TechnipFMC, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Petrofac, GE Oil & Gas, and Aker Solutions have chosen Kuala Lumpur for their regional headquarters. It is home to the regional headquarters of one-third of the top 50 multinational oil & gas services and equipment manufacturing companies in the world.
Kuala Lumpur is home to TechnipFMC’s Asia Pacific headquarters, Schlumberger’s Asia Centre for Reliability and Efficiency and its global procurement hub, which are located in the Greater Kuala Lumpur area. GE Oil & Gas has chosen Kuala Lumpur as one of its three sites for its state-of-the-art oil & gas monitoring and diagnostics center.
TOWARDS AN ENERGY
Kuala Lumpur City Hall has taken the initiative to be more energy efficient. This is in conjunction with the government’s recommendation to lessen the release of carbon by 40% by the year 2020. Taking the approach of ‘Leading By Example’, in order to encourage more organizations to invest in making their buildings energy efficient as well, City Hall is making the necessary changes to all of its buildings. The target is to be an exemplary energy efficient building, is to acquire the 3-Star rating for Energy Management Gold Standard (EMGS).
Kuala Lumpur City Hall is working together with Malaysia Sustainable Energy Development Authority to help strategize and revamp some of its older and existing buildings to be more energy efficient. Some of the initiatives include installation of meters, Baseline development and retrofitting implementation.
RIVER OF LIFE
Kuala Lumpur city was founded on the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. It is where the city gets it name – Kuala Lumpur means, “muddy confluence” in Malay. As the Klang river winds through the city, it played a key role in Kuala Lumpur’s early growth. Over the years and in the wake of rapid development in the city, the river became increasingly polluted and would often burst its banks causing catastrophic floods during the monsoons.
As the city’s infrastructure developed and modern amenities were more accessible by its residents, the river played a lesser role in the daily lives of the people. It soon became a dumping ground for waste and was disconnected from daily life of KL-ites.
In an effort to reconnect the city, the river and the people, Kuala Lumpur City Hall launched the River of Life project in 2012. The River of Life project is one of the Government of Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programs, an initiative that combines high-impact projects and programs to elevate the country to developed nation status.
The project is divided into three main components – river cleaning, river master-planning and beautification. The USD1.3 Billion project covers the confluence of three city rivers with a total area of 781 hectares and 63 hectares of water bodies. The project is set to reconnect the community with the river through a transformation that will make the riverfront a vibrant and high-economic value real estate. The city’s river will be rejuvenated through commercial and recreational activity.
The River of Life project will deliver affordable housing for more than 35,000 new residents, one million square meters of commercial space, more than 27,000 new employment opportunities, raise the public transportation usage within the master plan area from 15 per cent to 60 per cent and reduce traffic demand by 15 per cent by 2020.
River Cleaning will be conducted along a 110 km stretch along the Klang River basin, covering the municipal areas of Majlis Perbandaran Selayang (MPS), Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL).
The goal is to bring the river from its current Class III – Class V water quality (not suitable for body-contact) to Class IIb (suitable for body-contact recreational usage) by year 2020.
River Master Planning And Beautification
To increase economic viability of the area, master planning and beautification works will be carried out along a 10.7 km stretch along the Klang and Gombak River corridor. Significant landmarks in the area include Dataran Merdeka or Merdeka Square, the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad building and the historic Jamek mosque.
The master planning and beautification works will spur economic investments into the areas immediately surrounding the river corridor. To spur development along the corridor, potential government land will be identified and tendered out to private developers through competitive bidding.