Welcome to the Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index, where Earth.Org examines the policies and actions regarding the environment of every nation on earth. Combining the most respected global indexes on pollution, climate change, policy, energy, oceans, biodiversity we have produced an overall Global Index, which will be updated annually. This is the Global Sustainability Index scorecard for Malaysia.

Malaysia’s emissions amounted to 250.3 million tons in 2018, up from 241.6 million tons in 2017. The main sources of the emissions were energy, mobility and waste ending up in landfills. 

The government is working to establish carbon cities with the help of Malaysian green technology corporation GreenTech Malaysia. The company is developing a framework to guide the development and transformation of cities under its jurisdiction into low carbon cities. The framework has five elements: the first four are to reduce carbon emissions through the energy use and water consumption of buildings and common areas, petrol and diesel of two and four-wheel private vehicles and municipal solid waste ending up in landfills and the fifth element is to increase carbon sequestration by adding green spaces. 

As part of the framework, the cities will use 2018 as their baseline, and their data will be checked annually. When there is a reduction, they will be awarded. The company hopes to establish and designate 200 low carbon zones across the country. 

Global Sustainability Index scorecard for Malaysia

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Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking image description: Malaysia Rankings – Policy: 42, Pollution: 175, Climate Change: 53, Oceans: 144, Biodiversity: 142, Energy: 23, Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking 132.