Brunei reaffirms commitment to climate action

Fadley Faisal

The 26th Session of the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP 26) continues in Glasgow, Scotland.

Brunei Darussalam delivered its National Statement for COP26 yesterday alongside ASEAN Joint Statement on Climate Change to COP26 as ASEAN Chair 2021. The statements reaffirmed Brunei and the region’s commitment on climate action.

Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar as Co-Chair of the Brunei Darussalam National Council on Climate Change (BNCCC) delivered Brunei’s national statement.

“In further enhancing our climate ambition, Brunei is moving towards net zero by 2050, that will be driven mainly through energy transition and forests preservation. It will not be an easy task for us, but it is necessary. We have done this for almost a decade and we will continue to maintain it. This time around, we would be unlocking huge opportunities for green growth and jobs. Our country only contributes about 0.025 per cent of the global greenhouse emissions but we believe with our small actions, we will make a huge positive difference,” the minister said.

Last week, Brunei endorsed the ‘Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use’, and ‘The Global Coal to Clean Power Transition Statement’, making new commitments to enhance climate ambition to preserve forests and to accelerate the use of renewable energy.

To coincide with this, the BNCCC launched a climate action video to increase public awareness on climate change and Brunei’s low carbon journey.

Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar during the conference. PHOTO: BCCS