Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia


Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC) is a high impact project organized by Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Johor (JPNJ) since 2013. For 2022, Majlis Bandaraya Iskandar Puteri (MBIP) and SWM Environment Sdn. Bhd is the main partners with Apeiron Bioenergy Sdn Bhd as the supporting partner. Since 2021, IMELC has been digitalised and run fully through website sponsored by United Nations Development Programme or UNDP Accelerator Labs and supported by Green Technology Application of the Development of Low Carbon Cities (GTALCC). IMELC is one of the key activities under RCE Iskandar - Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education and Sustainable Development supported by United Nations University. IMELC aims to create awareness of Low Carbon Society (LCS) among students, teachers, and their families in achieving the target of carbon reduction for Iskandar Malaysia by the year 2025 as outlined in the Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia 2025 (LCSBPIM2025), which was endorsed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, and presented at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the 18th session of Conference of Parties (COP 18) in 2012. It is a student learning activity on LCS that is conducted as formal or informal education in a school setting. It can also be conducted as a supplementary learning activity or inter-school competition. IMELC is a part of programs under the Pelan Tindakan Pendidikan Kelestarian Johor 2019-2023 to develop a culture of sustainable development among the students, in line with the Low Carbon Society concept and to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals. As the COVID-19 hits Malaysia and the whole world- IMELC were redesigned to suit the social distancing and standard of operations from the Ministry of Health. 2022 marked the 10th year IMELC has been running, and this year it will benefit approximately 100,000 Year 6 students from 906 primary schools in Johor.