RCE Iskandar - 2019

A Low Carbon Awareness among Primary School Students through Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge


Basic Information
Title of project : 
A Low Carbon Awareness among Primary School Students through Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Iskandar
Contributing organization(s) : 
Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Velerie Siambun
Organizational Affiliation: 
Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)
Choo Hui Hong
Organizational Affiliation: 
Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)
Format of project: 
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia 2025
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Geographical & Education Information
Iskandar Malaysia
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Johor, Malaysia
Target Audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Iskandar Malaysia region is the Malaysia Southern economic development corridor in the state of Johor. The region was 2,217 sq/km previously and now covers an area of 4,749 sq/km since February 2019. As one of the economic regions and corridors in Malaysia, Iskandar Malaysia is focussed on bringing economic and infrastructure investments to an already established urban conurbation located at the southernmost tip of Peninsular Malaysia.

IMELC aims to create awareness of Low Carbon Society (LCS) among students, teachers and their families in achieving the target of carbon reduction for Iskandar Malaysia by year 2025 as outlined in the Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia 2025.
The objectives of IMELC, specifically are:

i. To foster LCS awareness among primary students, teachers and their families(public community) through school education.
ii. To disseminate knowledge, awareness and practice of LCS among the community through primary students and teachers.
iii. To reduce carbon emission through awareness and education.
iv. To create a Low Carbon Society for Iskandar Malaysia by year 2025.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
IMELC is a student learning activity on LCS that is conducted as formal or informal education at school setting targeting the primary school students.
Size of academic audience: 
About 40,000 participating students from 403 schools around Johor, Malaysia
The total carbon reduction by participating schools in IMELC 2018 is 590,662.64kgCO2. RM174,925.14 electricity bills and RM32,923.82 water bills were saved and RM58,664.55 was collected from recycling. Therefore, a total of
RM266,513.51 was saved and earned by the participating schools in IMELC 2018.
Lessons learned: 
IMELC 2018 is a success for many schools in Iskandar Malaysia to provide awareness on Low Carbon, reduced carbon emission and provide economic benefits for the schools. The average carbon reduction, electricity bill saving, water bill saving and recycling per school have increased compared to the previous years.
Key messages: 
IMELC should be continued to achieve the target of carbon reduction as outlined in the Low Carbon Society for Iskandar Malaysia Blueprint 2025.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
1. IMELC was awarded the Outstanding Flagship Project (Climate Change) at the Global RCE Award 2015 by the United Nations University (UNU) as well as several other innovation awards such as ITEX, PECIPTA and INATEX.

2. IMELC is also listed in a book entitled “Rising to the Challenge: Malaysia’s contribution to the SDGs” in 2017.

3. IMELC was awarded a Gold Medal by the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) at the National Intellectual Property Award (Copyright Category) on 13 September 2018, given by the Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, and also a Gold Medal by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

4. IMELC is selected from among 63 submission for the Global Prize of Okayama ESD Award 2018. The award signifies that IMELC is a model project for ESD. The Mayor of Okayama City conferred the award to RCE Iskandar on 27th October 2018.
Financial assistance received from various organisation that include:

1. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
2. Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
3. Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS)
4. Ministry of Education Malaysia – Matching Grant
5. Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia – Knowledge Transfer Programme
6. Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)
7. Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd
8. SWM Environment Sdn Bhd
9. Green Technology Applications for Low Carbon Cities (GTALCC)
10. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Johor State Education Department (JPNJ)
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Curriculum Development 
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level