Sultanate getting greener under pandemic

James Kon

Restrictions to curb COVID-19 since March 2020 has temporarily reduced greenhouse gas emissions in Brunei Darussalam with a reduction in daily activities.

Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar as Co-Chairman of the Brunei Darussalam National Council on Climate Change revealed this at the launch of the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy at the Banquet Hall of the Prime Minister’s Office.

The minister said there was a 36 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sector in the first quarter of the year, compared to last year. For the same period, there was an increase of seven per cent in the residential sector.

For the land transportation sector, greenhouse gas emissions declined by 11 per cent and a further eight per cent in March and April. Emissions from the aviation sector dropped 75 per cent in April.

The minister said, “The temporary reductions maybe short-lived but it shows the possibilities of managing daily lives in a less carbon intensive way. As we ramp up our activities in the weeks to come, it is an opportunity to re-examine our operations again.”

Visit www.climatechange.gov.bn for more on the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy.