Green Games

KL2017, the 29th SEA Games and 9th Asean Para Games, will see five eco-friendly ini­tia­tives.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Ecowatch - By WONG LI ZA star2­green@thestar.com.my

WHEN you go watch the run­ning or syn­chro­nised swim­ming events at the up­com­ing 29th SEA Games, take the bus or train.

Bring our own wa­ter con­tainer, or, at least re­mem­ber to put your empty plas­tic wa­ter bot­tles in the cor­rect re­cy­cling bin at the sport­ing venues.

That’s what the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee of the up­com­ing 29th SEA Games and 9th Asean Para Games urges peo­ple to do, as part of the Green Games ini­tia­tives.

Peo­ple are highly en­cour­aged to take pub­lic trans­port to the var­i­ous venues in­stead of driv­ing, with free bikes (a bi­cy­cle-shar­ing ser­vice) avail­able at some places to make this work­able.

In ad­di­tion, each medal­list in the Games will re­ceive a seedling which will be planted There will be free bi­cy­cles for peo­ple to get to the SEA Games venues from nearby LRT or MRT sta­tions. Seen here is Datuk M. Sar­a­vanan, Deputy Min­is­ter of Youth and Sports, at the launch of the KL2017 green ini­tia­tives on June 5.

at the Trop­i­cal Rain­for­est Liv­ing Col­lec­tion Ba­nun in Gerik, north­ern Perak.

“As the Kuala Lumpur 2017 or­gan­iser, we are com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing the Games in an en­vi­ron­men­tally-re­spon­si­ble way. We want to make a pos­i­tive im­pact by us­ing this plat­form to pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion,” said Shai­ful Sub­han Zahrin, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of the Malaysia Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee (Masoc).

“The KL2017 Green Ini­tia­tives in­clude a sus­tain­able man­age­ment plan and ac­tiv­i­ties which will be im­ple­mented in col­lab­o­ra­tion with key part­ners. We hope to in­spire all stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing venue own­ers, ven­dors and the pub­lic to con­tinue their sus­tain­able prac­tices be­yond the Games,” he said.

Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KL2017) is the brand name of the 29th SEA Games and the 9th Asean Para Games. The SEA Games will take place from Aug 19-30 while the Asean Para Games will be held from Sept 17-23. The Games will co­in­cide with the cel­e­bra­tion of Malaysia’s Na­tional Day as well as Malaysia Day. It will be the sixth time that Malaysia hosts the bi­en­nial games.

Here are the five key green ini­tia­tives of KL2017, with their re­spec­tive tar­gets:

1. En­ergy man­age­ment

The Green Ini­tia­tive Com­mit­tee will con­duct en­ergy au­dits at the main clus­ter venues. This is an anal­y­sis of the venues, in­di­cat­ing how and where en­ergy con­sump­tion and costs can be re­duced. The com­mit­tee will also mon­i­tor and cal­cu­late the re­duc­tion of elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion in the build­ings through­out the Games.

Tar­get: Im­prove en­ergy ef­fi­ciency at the venues by 15%.

2. Waste man­age­ment

Re­cy­cling bins will be pro­vided at the ven­re­cy­cling

ues to en­cour­age waste sep­a­ra­tion and to re­cover re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als. Food wastes will also be pro­cessed into com­post on site.

The Games will also see eco-friendly (com­postable or re­cy­clable) food and bev­er­age pack­ag­ing be­ing used. Through this re­cy­cling pro­gramme, the aim is to min­imise the vol­ume of waste go­ing to the land­fills.

The com­mit­tee is also work­ing with ho­tels to col­lect used cook­ing oil to be up­cy­cled into can­dles and soaps. A col­lab­o­ra­tion pro­gramme with NGOs to col­lect ed­i­ble sur­plus food from the ho­tels for dona­tion is also un­der­way.

Tar­get: Re­duce waste go­ing to land­fills by 30%.

3. Trans­port man­age­ment

Vol­un­teers and mem­bers of the pub­lic will be en­cour­aged to take the LRT, MRT, mono­rail, buses or car trans­port ser­vices in­stead of driv­ing to the venues. This will re­duce car­bon emis­sions sig­nif­i­cantly as well as min­imise traf­fic con­ges­tion.

The com­mit­tee will also part­ner with a com­pany to pro­vide free bike-shar­ing ser­vices to and from LRT/MRT sta­tions for the pub­lic. This will fa­cil­i­tate “first mile and last mile” travel to venues from the train sta­tions.

Ath­letes and of­fi­cials will also use eco-friendly ve­hi­cles and adopt op­ti­mum travel plans.

Tar­get: 30% of vol­un­teers and spec­ta­tors to travel by pub­lic trans­port.

4. Out­reach and en­gage­ment

Guide­lines will be pre­pared for the sub-com­mit­tees, ven­dors and green vol­un­teers to adopt sus­tain­able prac­tices be­fore and dur­ing the Games. Both on­line and main­stream me­dia cam­paigns to pro­mote and use of pub­lic trans­port are on­go­ing.

There will be 1,000 vol­un­teers from lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties trained as “green am­bass­aby

dors” who will be re­spon­si­ble for ad­vo­cat­ing waste sep­a­ra­tion and col­lect­ing waste data.

Tar­get: To reach all key part­ners en­gaged in the plan­ning and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the rel­e­vant green ini­tia­tives.

5. Tree Plant­ing

Af­ter the Games, trees will be re­planted in de­stroyed or de­graded forests. Th­ese are places with high po­ten­tial bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion val­ues in Malaysia and will be part of the KL2017 Green Ini­tia­tive legacy.

Mean­while, the “One Medal One Tree!” ini­tia­tive will see ev­ery KL2017 medal­list re­ceiv­ing a seedling which will be planted at the Trop­i­cal Rain­for­est Liv­ing Col­lec­tion Ba­nun in Gerik, north­ern Perak.

The tree plant­ing pro­gramme aims to off­set the Games’ car­bon foot­print and to cre­ate a col­lec­tion of rare and en­dan­gered trees.

This pro­gramme will also as­sist in es­tab­lish­ing a Cen­tral For­est Spine (CFS) frame­work which aims to link frag­mented for­est ar­eas across Penin­su­lar Malaysia. By se­cur­ing the con­nec­tions be­tween dif­fer­ent for­est com­plexes, it would pro­vide routes for wildlife cross­ings.

Tar­get: Off­set car­bon foot­print by con­tribut­ing 6,000 seedlings for re­plant­ing at de­graded for­est ar­eas.

Shai­ful Sub­han urged, “We hope ev­ery­one will give full sup­port to the KL2017 Green Ini­tia­tives by mak­ing sus­tain­able choices, namely tak­ing pub­lic trans­port in­stead of driv­ing to the venues and us­ing the free bi­cy­cle shar­ing ser­vice link­ing up to the LRT/MRT tran­sit sta­tions.

“You can help to re­duce pack­ag­ing waste bring­ing your own wa­ter bot­tles and food con­tain­ers. Please avoid lit­ter­ing, re­duce food waste and sep­a­rate waste cor­rectly at the re­cy­cling sta­tions.”

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to take pub­lic trans­port to the KL2017 sport­ing venues as part of its Green Games ini­tia­tive — Masoc

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