Workshop focusses on reducing GHG emissions

James Kon

Forty participants from key stakeholders from the power industry including government agencies, government-linked companies and private agencies participated in the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP) Operational Document Task Force (ODTF) Workshop for Strategy 5 on Power Management.

The two-day workshop, which launched on Wednesday, was officiated by Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary (Energy and Power) at the Ministry of Energy Mohammad Nizam bin
Haji Ismi.

The workshop was organised by the Department of Electrical Services (DES), Ministry of Energy as lead agency for Strategy 5 and supported by the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat at the Atria Simpur Hall, Public Works Department Headquarters.

The workshop sought to formulate a roadmap for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the power sector through improved energy efficiency and conservation (EEC) at both the supply and demand side management.

The BNCCP Strategy 5 seeks to reduce GHG emissions from power generation by at least 10 per cent by 2035.

The outcome will help the lead agency develop an operational document to realise the target of this particular strategy.

During the workshop, participants discussed measures on how carbon emissions can be reduced from the power generation sector as well as from the demand side.

Brunei Darussalam is already in a good position with the use of natural gas as the main source of power generation.

In terms of emissions, natural gas is considered as one of the cleanest fossil fuels.

However, there are still opportunities to increase efficiency in the generation, transmission and usage of power to further reduce the total GHG emissions.

Among the current measures are optimising the generation load dispatch and sharing of generation spinning reserves between DES and the Berakas Power Company Sdn Bhd (BPC).

The operational document will strengthen the initiatives in driving towards the main objective and realising the targets towards a low carbon and climate-resilient nation.