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    Striving for a greener tomorrow

    James Kon

    The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) of Brunei Darussalam yesterday emphasised their shared values and close relations, commitment to ambitious action towards achieving Paris Agreement goals, and determination to further collaborate to achieve a net zero emissions future.

    According to a joint media statement released by the PMO, both sides recognise the urgency of addressing climate change as a common global challenge, acknowledging that all countries must play their part in the global response.

    They also acknowledge the need to explore a variety of options and utilise all fuels and technologies to ensure secure and a stable supply of energy to achieve both goals of economic growth and lowering greenhouse gas emissions, sharing the view that there is no single pathway to achieve carbon neutrality, but rather there are unique and diverse paths for each country.

    The importance of long-standing energy relations between Brunei Darussalam and Japan was also highlighted, with agreement to explore possible opportunities on energy transition efforts and cooperation to further enhance bilateral relationship between both countries. Both sides also recognised the importance of achieving sustainable economic growth and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and that innovation plays an indispensable role in the pathway toward carbon neutrality.

    METI expressed its commitment to comprehensively support energy transition through the Asia Energy Transition Initiative (AETI). Both sides agreed to initiate discussions at the working-level to formulate a roadmap of energy transition in Brunei Darussalam, in cooperation with Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ).

    METI will provide a wide range of support for the realisation of this roadmap, such as the introduction and dissemination of decarbonisation technologies and human resource development.

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