Malaysia to send special delegation to Glasgow conference

by NUR HANANI AZMAN

MALAYSIA will send a special delegation to attend the 26th United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, to conclude negotiations on the implementation of the Paris Agreement which have been outstanding since 2018.

The delegation will be led by the Environment and Water Ministry (KASA) secretary general Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang.

Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (picture) said among matters to be discussed are the transparency and development of information reporting in the Biennial Transparency Report and the technicalities of the carbon market mechanism under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

“Also to be discussed at the conference is the timeline for the implementation of nationally determined contributions and climate finance for developing countries,” he said at the virtual celebration of the National Environment Day 2021 yesterday, which was officiated by Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

The COP26 will be held from Oct 31 to Nov 12, 2021, which will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Meanwhile, KASA will focus on emission targets net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 which is the driver to the green economy approach.

However, Tuan Ibrahim said the achievement of this target is subject to the outcome of a long-term low emissions development strategy which will be finalised by the end of 2022.

He stressed that KASA will outline effective strategies and actions for mitigation of GHG emissions for the country’s key economic sectors which will be the basis for determining the direction and target year of net-zero emissions.

“KASA is committed to reducing intensity GHG emissions of 45% to GDP by 2030. We are also preparing carbon market guidelines and carbon pricing policy as a clear guideline for the parties who will participate in the voluntary carbon market.

“KASA will ensure that carbon trading activities do not deteriorate and affect national GHG emission reduction achievements,” he added.

On the collection of electrical and electronic waste (e-waste), he said KASA is targeting a collection of 800 metric tonnes or 800,000kg of e-waste this year.

“As of September 2021, we managed to collect as much as 432 metric tonnes. In my opinion, it is a good achievement despite it being implemented throughout the Movement Control Order period,” he said.

Meanwhile, Amirudin said the current challenge is to restore economic activity without reigniting the deterioration of the environment.

“Thus, in facing the challenges and unravelling the alternating problems of environmental pollution, synergies between agencies at the federal and state levels should continue to be mobilised through comprehensive enforcement activities and maintain the existing momentum.

“I believe we are on the right track in managing the environment sustainably through the four main pillars of good governance, powerful legal instruments, comprehensive enforcement and ongoing education and awareness,” he said.