The time for action is now and there is no better time to start, said Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS) President Ahmad Zaiemaddien bin Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi.
He said this during the kick-off of the ‘Youth Empowerment in Climate Action’ a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) workshop held as part of the Climate Action Week in conjunction with Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition 2022 (Brunei MYCE 2022) at the International Convention Centre in Berakas yesterday.
The BCCS President introductiing of the Brunei National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP), which outlines strategies for a low-carbon and climate-resilient future, shared that the Sultanate aims to achieve “net zero” by 2050.
“Although we only contribute 0.025 per cent of overall global greenhouse gas emissions, moving towards net zero is a goal worth achieving and a necessary action,” he said.
Other goals include increasing forest cover with a target of planting 500,000 new trees; increasing the use of electric vehicles and increasing the total share of renewable energy.
The workshop, organised by Brunei Youth Council (BYC) and ASEAN Youth Advocates Network (AYAN) followed, facilitated by invited speaker from Vietnam for the UNDP Pham Dinh Long.
The workshop ended with a certificate presentation by Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Use and Environment) at the Ministry of Development and Co-chair of the Working Committee for the Brunei MYCE 2022 Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak.