Sarawak to formulate policy on greenhouse gases, develop mitigation and adaption action plans, says premier

21/6/2022 12:11:00 PM

Sarawak to formulate policy on greenhouse gases, develop mitigation and adaption action plans, says premier

Sarawak to formulate policy on greenhouse gases, develop mitigation and adaption action plans, says premier

KUCHING, June 21 — State Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg today told an international conference here that the state government’s immediate effort is to undertake a study on...

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By Sulok Tawie Tuesday, 21 Jun 2022 2:41 PM MYT KUCHING, June 21 — State Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg today told an international conference here that the state government’s immediate effort is to undertake a study on Sarawak Climate Change Policy and Low Carbon Society Blueprint.He said the state government will then formulate a state policy on greenhouse gases and develop mitigation and adaptation action plans to address the impact of climate change and low carbon society.He said the state government will focus on not only growing the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) but also ensure the growth is translated to every Sarawakian.“I have established a new Ministry of Energy and Environmental Sustainability responsible to plan, coordinate and provide direction for the development of green growth, renewable energy, sustainability and climate change,” he said at the opening of an International Digital Economic Conference Sarawak 2022 (IDECS 2022) themed 'Decoding Big Data for Environmental and Energy Sustainability' here.— Picture courtesy of Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) KUCHING, June 19 — Sarawak Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah today pledged that he will prioritise “curing” sick infrastructure projects, especially in rural areas, in response to concerns raised by delegates attending Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu’s (PBB) triennial delegates’ convention (TDC).He said the Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 (PCDS 2030) specifically highlights renewable energy as a cornerstone to the state’s 10-year plan to accelerate the global transition to clean energy and reach net zero emission.He said the distribution of wealth to the community must be equitable for both urban and rural settings.He said Sarawak is currently Malaysia’s largest provider of renewable energy for a population of almost three million across Sarawak and parts of Indonesia in West Kalimantan.“We cannot go and build our own because these two matters are under federal government,” he told reporters when met after he officiated at Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Pelawan and SUPP Bawang Assan joint installation here yesterday.

He added about 78 per cent of the total electricity generation is from Sarawak's hydropower resources which can be harnessed to reduce the carbon footprint.Our Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 (PCDS 2030) initiatives will support financial sustainability for the poor,” he said.He said if the projects are not completed according to schedule, the people and PBB will also be “sick”.He said state-owned Sarawak Energy Berhad in 2018, established and commissioned Southeast Asia’s first integrated hydrogen production plant and refueling station capable of producing 130kg of hydrogen per day at close to 100 per cent purity.“Currently Sarawak is partnering with global players from South Korea and Japan to develop environmentally friendly hydrogen and green ammonia plant at Bintulu,” he said.“Advancing digital transformation is key towards improving productivity and efficiency.Abang Johari said the state government has introduced a number of hydrogen-powered buses in 2020 and is in the process of introducing hydrogen-powered Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART), a rail-less train system designed to be used for urban public passenger transport, to address greenhouse gas emission from the transportation sector.“Now that we have the funds from the state government, we will carry out these projects,” he said.“With modern and eco-friendly integrated transportation system, we expect the carbon footprint from land transport in Kuching City will be significantly reduced by 15 per cent by 2030,” the premier said.He said the PCDS 2030 is not only about economic growth, but it is also about cascading the wealth and prosperity equitably and maintaining environmental sustainability for all the people of Sarawak.“So health and education are among the list of things we want to take back and the committee has been negotiating over these matters.

He said the state government will continue with its initiatives to conserve, protect and manage the state’s resources sustainably Advertisement.

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