High-Level Talks

Towards Smart, Zero Carbon and Climate-Resilient Cities in Malaysia and Japan

19 October 2023, 15:30-17:30 (JST) (14:30-16:30 MYT)

The mayors of Malaysia’s major cities gathered at the IGES Tokyo Sustainability Forum in Tokyo to share the latest news on climate sustainability. They described their initiatives to realise smart, zero-carbon, and climate-resilient cities, and whether they saw any possibilities to collaborate with the key stakeholders in this space. In the session,
Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) introduced an initiative to promote decarbonisation and energy security in an integrated manner, and Saitama City introduced a case study of urban development in the Misono District. In addition, Takasago Construction shared a pioneering case of circular wood utilisation as an exemplary initiative in the private sector.

Event Details

19 October 2023, 15:30-17:30 (JST) (14:30-16:30 MYT)

IGES Tokyo Sustainability Forum

University of Technology Malaysia (UTM)

Presentation Materials

Opening remarks
 Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President, IGES 
 Yoshihiro Mizutani, Director for International Cooperation for Transition to Decarbonization and Sustainable Infrastructure, Global Environment Bureau, MOEJ (online) 
 Ho Chin Siong, Director of UTM-Low Carbon Asia Research Center, UTM 
Local actions towards carbon neutral
"The latest news on climate sustainability"
 Datuk Sr. Haji Kamarulzaman Bin Mat Salleh, Mayor, Kuala Lumpur City HallPDF(11.1MB)
Haji Hilmy Bin Haji Othman, Mayor, Kuching North City HallPDF(6.4MB)
Dato’ Ir. Rajendran P. Anthony, Mayor, Penang Island City Council PDF(12.6MB)
Lee Lih Shyan, Director, Development Planning, Petaling Jaya City CouncilPDF(6.5MB)
"Tokyo for Building Decarbonisation Initiatives"
 Toshiko Chiba, Climate Change Specialist and Director, Climate Change Division, Bureau of Environment Tokyo Metropolitan Government, TMGPDF(2.3MB)
"Smart City Saitama Model: Misono District Smart Home Community Initiative"
 Osamu Kanda, Supervisor, Department of Futuristic City Promotion, Urban Strategy Division, Saitama CityPDF(704KB)
"Example of smart house in Japan: Decarbonised wooden house"
 Hironobu Ogawa, Executive Director, Design Department Manager, Takasago Construction Co., Ltd.PDF(3.6MB)
   Comments from Experts
 Kazuhiko Takemoto, President, Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center, Japan (OECC) 
Takero Sawamura, President, The Japanese Chamber of Trade & Industry, Malaysia (JACTIM) (online) 
 Koji Mitomori, Director, Office for Sustainability Management (Climate Change, Nature), JICAPDF(2.2MB)
Closing remarks
 Chau Loon Wai, Co-Director, UTM-Low Carbon Asia Research Centre (UTM) 
Yasuo Takahashi, Executive Director, IGES 

Recorded Video