Sarawak will formulate greenhouse gas policy, develop mitigation and adaptation action plans, prime minister says

Sarawak Prime Minister Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg said the state government will formulate a state policy on greenhouse gases and develop mitigation and adaptation action plans to make facing the impact of climate change and a low-carbon society. — Photo by Yusof Mat Isa

By Sulok Tawie

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 2:41 PM MYT

KUCHING, June 21 – State Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg told an international conference today that the state government‘s immediate effort is to undertake a study on the policy Sarawak’s Climate Change and Low Carbon Society Master Plan.

He said the state government will then formulate a state greenhouse gas policy and develop mitigation and adaptation action plans to address the impact of climate change and a low-carbon society.

“I have created a new Ministry of Energy and Environmental Sustainability to plan, coordinate and guide the development of green growth, renewable energy, sustainability and climate change,” he said. he said during the opening of an International Digital Economic Conference Sarawak 2022 (IDECS 2022) on the theme “Decoding Big Data for Environmental and Energy Sustainability” here.

He said the Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 (PCDS 2030) specifically emphasizes renewable energy as the cornerstone of the state’s 10-year plan to accelerate the global transition to clean energy and achieve zero emissions. net.

He said Sarawak is currently Malaysia’s largest renewable energy provider for a population of nearly three million across Sarawak and parts of Indonesia in West Kalimantan.

He added that around 78% of the total electricity generation comes from Sarawak’s hydropower resources, which can be harnessed to reduce the carbon footprint.

He said that state-owned Sarawak Energy Berhad established and commissioned in 2018 the first hydrogen production plant and integrated fueling station in Southeast Asia capable of producing 130 kg of hydrogen per day at purity close to 100%.

“Currently, Sarawak is partnering with global players from South Korea and Japan to develop an environmentally friendly hydrogen and green ammonia plant in Bintulu,” he said.

Abang Johari said the state government has introduced a number of hydrogen buses in 2020 and is in the process of introducing the hydrogen-powered Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART), a trackless train system designed to be used for urban public passenger transport. , to combat greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector.

“With a modern and environmentally friendly integrated transport system, we expect the carbon footprint of land transport in Kuching City to be significantly reduced by 15% by 2030,” the prime minister said.

He said the state government will continue its initiatives to conserve, protect and manage state resources in a sustainable manner.

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