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In Asia, Malaysia has teamed up with UN Environment to boost the use of district energy in Iskandar Malaysia, a growth region in southern Malaysia, and other parts of the nation of 30 million people. In April 2017, the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and the UN Environment-led District Energy in Cities Initiative announced that they would develop planning guidelines and other policies to encourage the installation of district energy systems in Iskandar and elsewhere in Malaysia.

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Energy officials from APEC’s 21 member economies have selected the Asia-Pacific’s top green innovations for 2017, redefining standards for clean, efficient energy use and powering improved living conditions and economic opportunities across the world’s largest energy consuming region.

Successfully adopted technologies and approaches – from ultra-responsive traffic fighting systems to solar powered cities and advanced metering that enables low-income consumers to better manage energy use and reduce their energy bills – were evaluated as part of a multi-year APEC Energy Smart Communities Initiative. The project details have been made publicly accessible to facilitate their replication as well as the engineering of new innovations.

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