Brunei National Climate Policy draft discussed

James Kon

The Brunei National Council on Climate Change (BNCCC) convened its third meeting on Saturday to discuss the draft Brunei National Climate Policy (BNCP) that was designed to steer the Sultanate towards a low carbon and climate resilient pathway.

This is to ensure a sustainable nation in accordance with Brunei Vision 2035, while safeguarding the welfare of the people and ensuring a clean, green and healthy environment for citizens. The meeting was held at the Ministry of Development.

Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar and Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein were the co-chairs of the BNCCC.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong and Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof were the BNCCC members. Other representatives in attendance were Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the Ministry of Energy Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya (as chair of the Executive Committee on Climate Change), Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Use and Environment) at the Ministry of Development Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak and Deputy Permanent Secretary (Energy and Power) at the Ministry of Energy Pengiran Haji Jamra Weira bin Pengiran Haji Petra (as the chair for the Mitigation Working Group).

According to the statement released by the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS), the BNCP has been prepared by a wide range of stakeholders and this reflects the Brunei Government’s efforts to ensure climate change issues are fully addressed and integrated, as these issues are “cross-sectoral” and require a “Whole-of-Nation” approach.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar, Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein and Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof. PHOTO: JAMES KON

A total of 39 agencies consisting of government, private sector, research institutions, academics, associations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were appointed as members of the Climate Policy Drafting Committee. It was coordinated by the BCCS to address adverse changes in climate patterns. A group of 51 representatives also reviewed the BNCP to provide insight from a youth perspective.

As the world moves into the new decade, it is the decade that determines whether or not the global average temperature increase will exceed the critical danger level of 1.5 degrees Celsius. In response to climate urgency for enhance ambitions, it is important for Brunei Darussalam to take steps in shaping the direction of low carbon development and enhancing the capacity and preparedness of the nation in dealing with the effects of climate change.

The BNCCC was established to strengthen climate change governance and to ensure a whole-of-nation approach to address the challenges and impacts of climate change on a national level.

On the operational front, the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat was established in 2018 and has been given the mandate to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate climate change policies, strategies and actions in Brunei Darussalam in addition to acting as a secretariat to coordinate the climate change governance.