The declaration of ‘Year of Climate Action 2021’ is an effort to provide awareness and enhance the importance of Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy, BNCCP and its effective implementation with the involvement of all parties including the public, youths and Non-Governmental Organisation to play their role to together uphold the Green Protocol through several initiatives that have been identified. Speaking at the Ministry of Development’s Meeting together with the Members of the Legislative Council, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Engineer Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, the Minister of Development also said that the launching of Green Protocol Guidelines recently by the Brunei Darussalam National Council on Climate Change, BNCCC has played a role in reducing the carbon print at premises in government sectors. The meeting was held yesterday morning at the Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge Project Site Office.
The Minister of Development said that with the assistance from the Public Service Department, all departments will be involved in promoting the daily operation of low carbon by implementing the green practices through seven main elements in Green Protocol namely the Energy usage; Water usage; Use of Paper; Use of Plastic; Solid Waste Disposal; Management of Official Events; and Tree Planting. Among the significant elements in this guideline is to ensure that all government premises in the country will not use plastic bottles and make the area as plastic bottle free zone. Aside from that, every ministry is advised to plant tree at the respective premises or venues that are identified by the secretariat in order to support the “26,000 trees a year campaign” which is included in the Green Protocol Guidelines. Yang berhormat also explained on a number of new acts and regulations that are currently being and have been updated with the hope to give a positive impact and safeguard the public interest such as the Building Control Regulation 2020 (Composition of Offences) under the Building Control Order 2014 which has been enforced on the 1st of June 2020. Also implemented is the Caveat Registration which is intended to protect the interests of certain parties on a land by entering or registering it in the Land Register. With the enforcement of part of the Land Code Amendment Order 2016, it will be able to further enhance the land administration and development system in the country.
Meanwhile, Yang Berhormat Architect Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Awang Haji Abdul Rahman as the Head of the Delegation in her speech said that visits that have been held at the project sites have raised the public’s awareness and stakeholders in the importance of climate change and the enforcement of the related amendments acts and regulations.
Earlier, prior to the meeting, Yang Berhormat the Minister of Development and Members of the Legislative Council began the function with the plantation of trees at the open area near the Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge as a support towards the government’s efforts in achieving one of the BNCCP’s main strategy which is to achieve the target of planting 500 thousand new trees by 2035. At the meeting, the delegation was also given a briefing on the climate change which was delivered by the Brunei Darussalam Climate Change Secretariat and the Year of Climate Action’s activity by the BNCCC such as the Protocol Launching which was held last month. Also present was Dato Seri Paduka Architect Awang Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, Deputy Minister of Development.
Source: Radio Television Brunei