KUCHING (June 9): Sarawak is positioning itself as Southeast Asia‘s powerhouse for affordable, reliable and renewable energy, Prime Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has said.
He pointed out that Sarawak would maintain at least 60% of its power generation capacity from renewable sources by 2030.
“I believe that the supply of sustainable energy is a prerequisite for sustainable economic and social development.
“By taking advantage of low-carbon opportunities in nature-based solutions coupled with technology, Sarawak is developing a hydrogen economy,” he said in his keynote address during the Sarawak- Korea Business Forum 2022 on “Accelerating The Sarawak-Korea Strategic Energy Partnership” at the Waterfront Hotel here today.
According to Abang Johari, energy is at the heart of development, where it powers industries, modern agriculture, advanced medical technology, transportation, computers and many more.
“Furthermore, the energy sector plays a key role in tackling the challenge of climate change,” he said.
He said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released last August highlighted the need to reduce global emissions over the next few decades to stop climate change.
“This is rather critical and alarming, because even in the best greenhouse gas emissions scenario, Asia will continue to face the effects of climate change.
“Amid growing concern and urgency to address climate change, the global energy landscape is experiencing a major transformation towards affordable, reliable and clean energy,” he said.
Considering this, Abang Johari said there was no choice between protecting the environment and growing the economy.
“Those of us who believe in a more sustainable future must seize the opportunity now.
“In that case, I’m glad that Sarawak and South Korea are on the same page, where your country is striving to reduce dependence on coal and nuclear power generation.
“Sarawak, as a resource-rich region, is determined to capitalize on renewable sources to power the various activities in Sarawak,” he added.