MINISTER of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar attended the 5th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference (IGEM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday.
The annual event, this year carrying the theme ‘Generating Green Wealth in Spurring the Nation’s Prosperity,’ is organised by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia (KeTTHA).
According to a press release from the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office, the 5th IGEM was officiated by Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Dato’ Hj Muhyiddin Hj Mohd Yassin.
The Minister-Industry Dialogue is one of the events under the IGEM calendar. The objective of the IGEM 2014 is to provide a platform for industry players to showcase the latest innovative development of green technology and eco-products as well as to seek high-level collaboration and technology transfer for green growth development.
The Brunei minister was one of the invited panellists for the Minister-Industry Dialogue.
The dialogue provides a platform for ministers and industry representatives to have in-depth discussions pertaining to opportunities and potentials of green growth in the region. One of the key takeaways of the dialogue is the need for policymakers to create a conducive environment for the private sector to invest in green technologies.
During the dialogue, Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin stressed that Brunei Darussalam is committed to pursuing green growth development in order to develop the energy sector in a sustainable manner.
This is in line with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s address at the recent UN Climate Summit, where the monarch announced Brunei’s commitment to 63 per cent reduction of primary energy consumption by 2035 from the business-as-usual scenario with 2009 as the baseline.
On the renewable energy front, Brunei aims to have at least 10 per cent share of renewable energy in the total electricity generation mix by 2035. In the pursuit of achieving sustainable energy, the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EDPMO) implemented electricity tariff reform in 2012 and is introducing various measures, such as standards and labelling and building energy efficiency code in collaboration with the Ministry of Development. He added that there is a need for more innovative solutions to provide for sustainable green growth development.
Among the participants of the dialogue were ministers from Malaysia, Kingdom of Cambodia and Singapore, with the industry represented by the President of Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers and the President of Malaysian Green Business Association.
Additionally, EDPMO also participated in the IGEM Exhibition to showcase Brunei Darussalam’s green growth initiatives that include energy-efficient technologies as part of efforts to reduce energy consumption as well as to attract international investors to explore opportunities to introduce their latest energy efficient technologies to Brunei.