District cooling workshop in Malaysia

UN Environment’s District Energy in Cities Initiative and the regional government of Iskandar in Malaysia are organising a workshop on District Cooling in Malaysia: Scaling-up investment in efficient and low-carbon cooling on April 11-13, Johor, Malaysia.

Representatives from the Iskandar Regional Development Authority, the city of Johor and the local utility company will discuss with representatives from UN Environment Champion Cities for district energy such as Dubai, London and Sigapore, private sector operators, regulators and technology providers on how to scale-up investment in efficient and low-carbon cooling.


Tuesday April 11    

08.00 – 09.00    Welcome coffee and registration

09.00 – 10.00    Opening session

YB Datuk Hasni bin Mohamad
Johor State Executive Council for Public Works, Rural and Regional Development

YB Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, CEO 
Iskandar Regional Development Authority

Ms. Lily Riahi, Advisor on Sustainable Energy in Cities, 
UN Environment 

10.00 – 11:00    Setting the Scene: How District Cooling Works in Malaysia

What is the role of district cooling in Malaysia? What are some of the features and opportunities for district cooling projects and partnerships?   How can national, regional and local governments stimulate private sector participation in the provision of municipal district cooling services? 
The Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) will present an overview of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable cities strategies and initiatives in Malaysia. 
The Energy Commission of Malaysia will provide an overview of the current and planned policies and regulatory frameworks that are relevant to district cooling in Malaysia including potential standards and tariff methodologies.

Megajana District Cooling, a successful public-private partnership in Cyberjaya township, Malaysia, will present on the benefits, technical solutions and lessons learned on how to develop and scale-up district cooling projects in the Malaysian context.   
KeTTHa: Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water
Malaysian Energy Commission
Megajana District Cooling

Q&A session
11:00 – 11:15    Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30    Panel Discussion
An expert panel of regulators, private sector operators, and technology providers will each present for five minutes on their particular perspectives on district cooling in Malaysia. This will be followed by an interactive panel discussion on regional best practice and key policy priorities that will create an enabling environment to reach the potential of district cooling in Malaysia. 

Panel: ENGIE, Danfoss, King & Spalding, Carbon Trust, Singapore, Empower
Moderator: UN Environment

12:30 – 13:30    Lunch

13:30 – 14:45    International Experiences

Presentations from UN Environment Champion Cities for District Energy: Dubai (UAE), London (UK), Singapore (Singapore) on specific successful examples of attracting private sector participation in the development and operation of district cooling projects. This will be followed by presentations from the cities of Thane (India) and Makassar (Indonesia) on their district cooling ambitions and barriers.

Q&A session
14:45 – 15:00    Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:00    Finding solutions

This session is designed to discuss specific national, regional and local barriers to district cooling and identify potential policy and regulatory solutions needed.

Roundtable Discussions

  • Local and regional planning and connection policies to encourage network development.
  • Evaluating district cooling’s costs and benefits against alternative technologies
  • Barriers and opportunities for district cooling from building codes and standards 

Roundtable feedback

16:00 – 16:30    Way Forward and Closing
Discussion on next steps and wrap-up of the day’s discussions from UN Environment and IRDA 

19:00 onwards    Networking Dinner
Sponsored by Empower


Wednesday April 12    

08:30 – 09:00    Welcome coffee 

09:00 – 10:30    Presenting Iskandar 

This interactive session will present regional strategies and programmes relevant to district cooling and provide an overview of existing and planned developments in Iskandar that could be relevant for district cooling. A case study of an existing district cooling system in Johor will be presented.

The session will also discuss the planning and regulatory authority of Iskandar Regional Development Authority and local authorities with reference to proposed best practices and barriers discussed during Day 1.

Iskandar Regional Development Authority
City of Johor (tbc)
Local district cooling project
Regional electricity utility (tbc)

Q&A session

10:30 – 11:00    Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30
Kulai Sedenak: An overview
Iskandar Regional Development Authority will present an upcoming township in their region: Kulai Sedenak. The development plan, planning process, proposed technical and policy solutions and existing DC assessments will be presented for open discussion by participants.

Iskandar Regional Development Authority
Kulai Sedenak developers and owners
Kulai Sedenak data centre developer (tbc)
Large-scale real estate developers in Johor (tbc)

Q&A session

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 Kulai Sedenak: From DC concept to investment
Panel discussions from private sector participants, champion cities and local stakeholders responding to the Kulai-Sedenak proposal and discussing barriers, opportunities and best practice in the following areas:
-    Technology
-    Policy, regulation and project planning
-    Business models, financing and procurement
-    Next steps and regional scale-up


  • Carbon Trust
  • Danfoss
  • King & Spalding
  • Singapore
  • Empower
  • Iskandar Regional Development Authority
  • Local district cooling utility

16:00 – 16:30     Closing
Iskandar Regional Development Authority

Thursday April 13    

11:00 – 15:00 Coach leaves Johor at 7:00 and returns at 19:00    Site visit 
Sponsored by ENGIE
A site visit has been organised to Megajana District Cooling (a JV between Cyberview and ENGIE services Malaysia) serving Cyberjaya township.

April 11 2017
to Thursday
April 13 2017

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