Tackling Climate Change Issue

The country is currently in the process of preparing strategies to reduce carbon emission in heading towards the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Minister of Energy and Industry said as a country that signed the Paris Agreement, Brunei Darussalam has identified a number of measures to reduce the country's carbon emission. This include saving electricity at government buildings, which has saved the government 6 million dollars a year. Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md Hussein stated the matter in response to a query raised by Yang Berhormat Awang Iswandy bin Ahmad on the country's strategy in Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.

According to Yang Berhormat, among the identified measures to reduce the country's carbon mission are;

1) Planning for waste gas. The target is to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 25 to 30 percent from the oil and gas industry, by reducing and stopping waste gas through the venting and flaring processes.

2) The country's target to reduce energy intensity to 45 percent by 2035 compared to the level in 2005. This will be implemented through efficient energy saving initiatives, including support policy and regulatory framework such as efficient energy saving guideline for buildings, standards and energy labelling.

3) Target for renewable energy is to increase its production to at least 10 percent from the total electricity generation by 2035. One of the important enablers to achieve such target is through the feedstock programme.

4) To increase the national forest reserve coverage from 41 to 55 percent from the total land surface.

5) Raise public awareness. Cooperation will continue with all stakeholders especially students and the public to raise awareness on the importance of joint ventures in tackling climate change. Information dissemination programmes to deliver procedures and the best practises on energy saving usage will continue to be carried out through civil service institutions, Ministry of Education as well penghulu and village chiefs. Apart from that, energy auditing was also carried out at government departments in phases. With increased awareness, energy saving at government buildings has reached 6 point 9 percent, or six gigawatts hours or 6 million dollars a year.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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