Low Carbon ICT
IntroA program that aim to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in the ICT sector. ICT equipment and system uses significant energy consumption in building.
Objective • Increase understanding and awareness of occupants and facility managers about the importance of energy management in ICT system in building
• Saving expenditure on electricity bills and annual costs and guaranteed energy savings target
• Improve the ability of ICT systems due to tactical application of the system in reducing energy
• Improve energy management competency efficient ICT system among government building owners
• Publics and private collaboration to support the carbon reduction targets of 40 percent (%) / GDP annually.
Aimed / Target to• Building Energy Manager, ICT Professional
• Facility Manager, Engineer, Operation Manager
• Energy Consultant and Energy Auditor
• Government Officials & Government Engineer, User
• ICT teaching staff in primary & secondary

Low Carbon ICT Programme

As digitisation agenda grows in our nation, the Government has been actively promoting the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in all sectors, even in buildings. Due to rapid development of technology and communications, the ICT sector is expected to grow 7% – 10% yearly in Malaysia, this will increase energy consumption in buildings. The current world energy consumption in ICT is 4% and it is expected to increase to 8% by 2030. In Malaysia, ICT contributes to 9.8% of the GDP and is targeted to increase to 17% by 2020.

In 2017, the Authority continued the study of Low Carbon ICT projects which are:

  • Low Carbon ICT – Data Centre Baseline Study; and
  • Low Carbon ICT – Telecommunication Baseline Study


Some of the general potentials of energy saving tips for data centres are:

No.ObservationsEnergy Saving Suggestion
1Low air-conditioning temperature set point (below 19°C)Increase air-conditioning temperature set point to 22 – 24°C
2Under-utilised rack equipment for slot usageUtilise rack equipment for slot usage
3Large floor areaReduce floor area and sectioning off ICT equipment for cooling
4Large façade glass wall areaInstall insulation or cover glass panels with partition board
5Large area of “cold-aisle” coolingReduce floor area and sectioning off ICT equipment for cooling
6High air-conditioning supply to M&E roomReduce air-conditioning supply to M&E room
7Ineffective air flow due to improper rack rows alignmentRealign equipment rack rows for effective air flow

Reports on the two projects have been presented to Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Malaysian Technical Standards Forum Berhad (MTSFB). Prior to the report, a briefing on data centre baseline study was organised to all stakeholders of the projects including all the recipients and the Authority. The Authority was awarded with a grant from MCMC and MTSFB and the projects were continued in 2017. As a continuation of this project, an online Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) monitoring system will be installed in related government buildings.