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Blueprint for a Greener City

As one of Malaysia's pioneer green townships, sustainability isn't just a buzzword in Cyberjaya – it's a way of life. Learn how green technology and other eco-initiatives are enabling positive change.

Low Carbon City Framework

When you’re sharing a planet with 7 billion people and countless living beings, it’s possible to underestimate the impact of one’s lifestyle choices on the environment. Do seemingly modest actions like carpooling, or composting kitchen scraps, actually make a difference? And on a bigger scale, what can cities do to facilitate the lifestyle and infrastructural changes needed for a better future?

In Malaysia, Cyberjaya is one of two cities spearheading the way as a pioneer green township (the other being the country’s administrative capital of Putrajaya). It’s a natural fit, as technology plays a key role in enabling sustainable living.

The goal is to cut carbon emissions in the city by 21% by the year 2020. To achieve this, a Low Carbon City Framework was formulated to align and mobilise green efforts, covering Urban Environment, Urban Transportation, Urban Infrastructure and Building.

Through this framework, it is hoped that Cyberjaya will become a catalyst for positive change, not only in business and technology, but also as a model for sustainable future cities.


Urban Environment

  • Hill slope development – replanting trees with high carbon sequestration vegetation
  • Road and parking should not exceed 20% of total area of development in Cyberjaya. In this case the roads and parking area are less than 20% as allocated by the Cyberjaya Master Plan
  • Green open space is minimum at 10% of the total development or greater
  • Conserve water bodies for carbon sequestration
  • Plant selected indigenous trees of high carbon sequestration including bamboo
  • Expansion of greeneries through green roofs and grid paving, etc
 

Urban Transport

  • Awareness campaigns of the carbon impact of transport as a result of usage of Single Occupant Vehicles (SOV)
  • Incentives for the reductions of SOV
  • Penalties due to the usage of SOV
 

Urban Infrastructure

  • Awareness campaigns to achieve zero waste to landfills
  • Generate energy out of organic (green) waste
  • Ensure all buildings use District Cooling System (DCS) cooling

Building

  • Energy efficiency design and measures conforming to benchmarks and common carbon metrics to provide trajectories to 40% carbon reduction in 2020 and beyond
  • Building retrofits for existing buildings to meet energy efficiency benchmarks and climate goal trajectories
  • Designing building conforming to the Common Carbon Metrics (CCM) for carbon reduction in 2020 and beyond
  • Use of renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions
  • Water conservation and therefore energy savings in water processing and distribution
LUSH LIVING
48%
Out of Cyberjaya’s 6,960 acres of land, 48% is reserved for public amenities and greenery.
GREEN FOOTPRINT
-21%
The Low Carbon City Framework strategises ways to reduce carbon emissions by 21% by the year 2020.
TREE PLANTING
1,500
The number of trees planted along a 3 km area at Persiaran Multimedia by Cyberjaya's corporate community.
DISTRICT COOLING SYSTEM
15 KM
The District Cooling Plant (DCP) runs chilled water to 40 multi-storey buildings via a 15 km underground network.
COOL SAVINGS
-65%
Compared to traditional air conditioning systems, Cyberjaya's District Cooling System uses 65% less energy.
COMPOSTING MACHINE
150 KG
Cyberjaya's three composting machines can process up to 150 kg of organic waste daily, saving landfill space.

District Cooling System

Running off two plants and a 15km underground network, the District Cooling System (DCS) supplies chilled water for the air-conditioning needs of 40 multi-storey buildings within Cyberjaya’s flagship zone, including Wisma Shell, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), and various government agencies. The system utilises off-peak electricity at night to chill water for the buildings’ air-conditioning use during the day, thus reducing electricity usage by more than 65% compared to traditional air-conditioning systems.

Besides reducing the environmental impact, DCS also helps lower the cost of doing business in Cyberjaya. The system is managed by Pendinginan Megajana Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cyberview Sdn Bhd.

Compostech Machines

The average Malaysian throws away 1.64kg of waste per day. According to a World Bank report, that is 0.44kg more than the average worldwide city dweller at 1.2kg.

To reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, Cyberjaya provides three Compostech machines for the community’s use, located at the SME Technopreneur Centre 1, MaGIC, and the Cyberjaya Community Clubhouse. These Compostech machines recycle organic kitchen and garden waste into compost within a speedy 24 hours, which is then used as nutrient-rich fertiliser for landscaping purposes around Cyberjaya. 

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Compostech Technology

Recycling Centre

Strategically located at a section of the Park and Ride facility, the new Cyberjaya Community Recycling Collection Centre (CCRCC) stands out with its unique design and solar panel roof. Items accepted for recycling include paper, tin/aluminum, plastic, used cooking oil, glass, and e-waste. Green-minded Cyberians can now bring in their recyclable trash during the facility’s opening hours which are from 9am to 5pm, three days a week. 

i-date  Operating Days: Monday, Wednesday & Fridayi-time  Operating Hours: 9.30am–4.30pm (Lunch break 1.00–2.00pm)  i-location   Location: Park & Ride Cyberjaya, Persiaran Rimba Permaii-phone +603 88901764
i-fax +603 8890 1805  i-mail    mazveen@alamflora.com.my
Recyclables Price (MYR/kg)
Plastic & Bottles 0.30
Old newspaper 0.20
Black & white paper 0.30
Old corrugated carton/boxes 0.18
Old magazine 0.20
Mixed papers 0.15
Beverage carton/tetrapak 0.50
Tin/Metal 0.30
Aluminium 2.50
E-waste
1. CPU
2. Monitor
3. Notebook
4. Server
5. Printer
6. TV
7. Refrigerator
8. Vacuum
9. Microwave
Per unit
5.50
4.50
3.50
15.00
3.00
4.00
5.00
1.50
3.00
Used cooking oil 0.80
Others 0.20

Bulk Collection:
Collection at the source with minimum 250 kg/trip.


  • Wisma Shell
    Built on a 4.83-acre site, Wisma Shell is Malaysia’s first LEED Gold Building. It has 69 bicycle racks, three charging stations for electric cars, and a rainwater harvesting system, amongst other green features.
  • Cyberjaya Mosque
    The new Cyberjaya Mosque is the first mosque awarded the Green Building Index - Platinum Rating in Malaysia, and possibly the world's first to be equipped with a Building-Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) System to harvest solar energy.

Green Buildings

Imagine a workspace filled with natural daylight bouncing off its white walls. As evening falls, more lights come on, powered by the solar energy collected during the day. Yesterday’s heavy rainfall has been harvested for reuse, while the air-conditioning utilises off-peak energy to cool the building. 

Intelligent, sustainable building design is fast making inroads in Cyberjaya. New residential and commercial buildings are being developed with renewable energy and water conservation in mind, while existing buildings are being retrofit to reduce power and resource consumption.

A number of buildings in Cyberjaya have been accredited with a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and/or Green Building Index (GBI) certification. They are Wisma Shell (Malaysia’s first LEED Gold Building), CX5 Data Centre, Rimba Digital – Cyberjaya3 Data Centre, and CJ1 Data Centre. Meanwhile, the Cyberjaya Mosque, Masjid Raja Haji Fisabilillah is the first mosque in Malaysia to be awarded with Platinum Rating in Green Building Index. The upcoming Hospital Cyberjaya is also aiming for Platinum Rating in Green Building Index. 

Solar Power


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Not only does sunshine have the power to make people feel happy, it also has the potential to power up our devices, buildings, and more. In Cyberjaya, where sunlight is abundant all year round, solar power is increasingly being used as an alternative energy source, thus reducing the city’s dependence on fossil fuels.

So far, solar panels have been installed on five bus shelters, two Green Nomad Kiosks, and on several rooftops, including the new Cyberjaya Community Recycling Collection Centre (CCRCC). The energy stored in the solar-powered bus shelters is turned into electricity at night, lighting up the bus stand. In the future, Cyberjaya’s car park shelters will also run off solar energy. Another interesting solar-powered project is Masjid Raja Haji Fisabilillah, which is the world's first mosque equipped with a Building-Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) System to harvest energy from the sun. 

Bicycles Routes

Cycling is cheap, eco-friendly, and a great way to explore the local sights and sounds of Cyberjaya. Besides being a healthy workout, every ride also means one less car on the road.

A comprehensive network of cycling paths in Cyberjaya is currently being planned in addition to the existing 17km cycling track along the city to encourage cycling and to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. Once completed, cyclists will be able to ride safely from their homes to key public transportation hubs such as bus stations, where they can continue their journey onwards via public transport.

For now, you can join Cyberjaya’s pedal power community along the completed bicycle lanes at Persiaran APEC, Persiaran Rimba Permai, and Persiaran Ceria. Just don’t leave home without that helmet!

Air Quality Monitoring


Cyberjaya’s Air Quality Index (AQI) sensors enable the provision of detailed and reliable real-time data on key environmental parameters including temperature, humidity and air quality using PM2.5 sensors. The installation of the temperature and humidity sensors allow the measurement of the surrounding air which would then prevent elements like periods of heat wave affecting the community. The AQI sensors utilise Cyberjaya city-wide LoRa network, and is updated every 2 minutes.

The AQI sensors is a pilot project by Cyberview Sdn Bhd, a government-own company that spearheads the development of Cyberjaya, and its partner, Atilze Digital Sdn Bhd.

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