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Peter Chin, Malaysia’s Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, was a keynote speaker at the recent Save Our Planet - Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Following the event he agreed to discuss the program that Malaysia has put in place to combat climate change and address environmental issues in Malaysia, in an exclusive interview with Asean Affairs.
Q: In a recent speech you said Malaysia wanted to become a
leader in green technology. How do you plan to accomplish
By adopting and developing green technology, we would thus be able to reduce our carbon emissions and thus achieve our Honourable Prime Minister’s target of reducing carbon emission by 40 percent. To start with, a sector dedicated to green technology was created under the wings of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA). The restructuring of the National Energy Center to become the National Green Technology Center is the next step taken by the government. Both of these entities work hand in hand in the development and application of green technology in the country.
Q: What are the challenges facing Malaysia regarding its
water supply? Will desalinization plants be required in the
There are a few challenges regarding the water supply which are high rate of Non-revenue water (NRW), inconsistencies of the water tariff for all the states, cumulative state debts from the federal government, and poor enforcement of raw water regulations by state governments.
So far, I do not see the urgency of having desalinization plants in the future. The current water production capacity is still adequate to meet the population’s demand. However, I do hope people in Malaysia will conserve water, especially during the dry season.
Q: Is Malaysia pursuing or planning to generate energy
Hence, the potential for energy generation from biomass is enormous, especially for the palm oil sector. Other than that, the generation of green energy from biomass will also create a positive image for our palm oil industry where it minimizes the amount of carbon emission from palm oil waste, resulting in a more sustainable palm oil industry.
Under the Feedin Tariff Mechanism that we are planning to introduce next year, biomass and biogas is among the renewable sources that have been identified to be developed to contribute towards our electricity generation mix whereby it will contribute approximately 1,040MW in terms of capacity by the year 2020. We foresee that with the introduction of this mechanism, we will be able to attract significant investments in the renewable power generation sector in general, including biomass energy. ...............
YB Dato’ Sri Peter
Chin, Minister of Energy, Green Technology & Water,
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