I WOULD like to refer to the letter ‘Stop dumping untreated sewage sludge at landfills’ by Captain Planet published in the Opinion page of the Weekend Bulletin on June 1.
I agree with what the writer voiced with regards to untreated sewage sludge being dumped irresponsibly at landfills.
This is a threat to the environment and poses a health risk to nearby communities.
As one of many students who have visited one of the sewage treatment plant as part of our study visit, I was also shocked that almost all of the equipment were not functioning.
It looked like a result of poor maintenance.
Bear in mind that these facilities and equipment cost millions of dollars to build in the first place.
It was also an embarrassing experience as few of our colleagues and lecturers were foreigners.
The writer also mentioned that the raw sewage sludge could be converted into renewable energy or “something useful such as fertiliser and other useful products”.
This is inline with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah at the United Nations Climate Summit on September 14, 2014 regarding renewable energy production as part of the Brunei’s Vision 2035.
His Majesty said that Brunei Darussalam is targetting a 63 per cent reduction in total energy consumption by 2035.
His Majesty added that the Government of Brunei Darussalam further aspires to generate 10 per cent of total power from new and renewable resources by 2035.
The question we need to ask ourselves, especially the authorities, is how far have we achieved in incorporating His Majesty’s ambition of becoming a more sustainable country towards Vision 2035.
In my opinion, we should have agencies that are active in monitoring whether government departments are doing what they are supposed to do to ensure our country is developing in the right direction.
– Green Energy