New Energy Efficiency Bill for Malaysia in 2019

A Malaysian Energy Efficiency Bill is to be introduced in 2019 to cut the country’s carbon emissions by 45% by 2030. This will be in compliance with the Paris climate accord.

So stated Malaysian Energy, Green Technology, Science and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin, as reported by the Malay Mail newspaper. She commented that the target was not too far from sight and it would continue to be a priority for the current government.

In an exclusive interview with Malay Mail she said: “Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s pledge to reduce carbon emission is something the government believes in, and we want to implement this as well.

“To facilitate the reduction of carbon intensity, we have an Energy Efficiency bill coming next year. It is still in the Attorney-General’s Chambers and it still has to be reviewed.

“This is among our efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emission intensity, we are not too far from the 2030 target and I think we have a conservative plan because Malaysia can do more,” she added.

Yeo stressed that to be a “green country” means more than “saving the world”; it was also a necessary move for Malaya to grow economically.

“Carbon dioxide reduction is not a ‘save the world’ thing, but nearly all countries have signed the Paris agreement and that means a lot of countries will need low carbon products, industries or technologies, so I think Malaysia can move towards that direction.

“Malaysia is a small emitter of carbon dioxide comparatively. If you look at how we reduce global warming, Malaysia, being such a small country will not contribute much to the reduction no matter how we try.

“That’s why we should approach it differently. As we reduce emission, we should also build the green industry, then we create jobs and experts in the industry so that when there is a demand for this in the world, we will not be left behind,” she concluded.

Source: Malay Mail - Photo from www.yeobeeyin.com

Thursday 19th July 2018


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