Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability agenda in the construction industry will be robustly developed and rolled out as a model to the emerging world. High compliance to the environmental sustainability ratings and practices will make Malaysia a low carbon, sustainable building and infrastructure hub. Efficient waste management will propel Malaysia’s infrastructure to be more resilient and sustainable, while aiding environmental protection and ensuring the people’s living standards are of high quality.

Case for Change

  1. Lack of sustainability-rated construction; buildings and infrastructure not totally resilient to natural calamities
    • Negative perceptions and apathy in environmental sustainability is resulted from overarching policies and regulations on sustainability ratings and assessments
    • Lack of comprehensive rating tools such as GBI, MyCREST that can assess and preclude the usage of materials and practices that counters sustainability
    • Absence of mandate to hire contractors certified in environmental management such as ISO 14000
    • Lack of adoption of sustainable materials and practices, resulting in built environment that may not reliably weather natural calamities such as heavy flood
  2. High carbon emissions and energy usage of buildings
    • High consumption of energy and water among residential and commercial buildings, which produce high emissions and waste
    • Low market demand for sustainable building solutions today has resulted in a weak ecosystem for sustainability
  3. High volume of construction and demolition waste dumping
    • High waste and low recycling contributes to rapidly depleting landfills, increasing environmental pollution and negatively impacting on living conditions of Malaysians
    • Limited awareness and guidance on adopting sustainability practices, lack of regulatory and operational frameworks for responsible waste management add to the challenges

2020 Aspirations

Environmental sustainability to support the sustainability goal under the 11th Malaysian Plan

2020 Key Outcomes

  1. 100% of large infrastructure and building projects to exceed sustainability requirements
  2. 4 MT CO2 reduction per annum


Initiative E1, E2
E1: Drive innovation in sustainable construction

E2: Drive compliance to environmental sustainability ratings and requirements

Initiative E3, E4, E5
E3: Focus on public projects to lead the charge on sustainable practices

E4: Facilitate industry adoption of sustainable practices

E5: Reduce irresponsible waste during construction

23 May 2017