Urban Material Flow Analysis: An approach for Greater Kuala Lumpur

  • Farah Ayuni Shafie Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Dasimah Omar Faculty of Architecture, Surveying and Planning, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Subramaniam Karuppannan Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Nurhayati Shariffuddin Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Keywords: material flow analysis, urban management, resource consumption

Abstract

The objective of the study was to estimate environmental impacts of the cities in Greater Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Kajang, Sepang, and Putrajaya by using material flow analysis. The study assessed prime material flows within three cities in Malaysia; electricity consumption, water usage, food consumption, carbon dioxide emission, wastewater production and solid waste. A functional unit of kg/cap/day was defined for all the material flows. Putrajaya was seen as the highest consumer of water, even with the lowest population. Kajang contributed the most of in terms of environmental impacts, followed by Sepang and Putrajaya.

Keywords: material flow analysis, urban management, resource consumption 

eISSN 2398-4279 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. 

https://doi.org/10.21834/ajqol.v3i11.135 

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2018-05-21
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