Malaysia needs to focus on RE to enhance global competitiveness

The country could become a high technology country with low carbon emission by 2030 if everyone carries the same vision, says Dr Adham

by ASILA JALIL / Pic by BLOOMBERG

ENHANCED focus on renewable energy (RE) sources in the country such as wind, electricity and solar will improve Malaysia’s competitiveness in the global market.

To achieve the government’s aim of reducing the intensity of greenhouse gases impacts to 45% against GDP by 2030, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said that the nation needs to embrace the transition from carbon-based energy to RE.

“The next step for Malaysia is to focus on RE like wind, electricity and solar to improve competitiveness at the global stage. The key to carbon neutrality is the development of innovative RE systems and digital solutions,” he said at the Huawei Malaysia Digital Power Summit 2021 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

He said that the ministry fully supports the summit because the issue on clean energy and carbon neutrality should be the focal point in the country.

The mission could drive the country towards becoming a high technology country with low carbon emission by 2030 if everyone comes together and carries the same vision.

He cited Bhutan and Suriname as examples of countries that have achieved net zero emission and carbon neutrality, while 137 countries have pledged to achieve carbon neutrality via the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference by 2050.

“The ministry believes that Malaysia can also set appropriate targets and achieve them with cooperation from various parties.

“This is also in line with the aspirations announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in the 12th Malaysia Plan which plan to increase the usage of RE by 2% in 2019 to 31% in 2025,” he added.

The ministry via NanoMalaysia Bhd has also recently launched Hydrogen-Paired Electric Racecar, the first hydrogen-powered race car in Malaysia to kickstart the development for production of energy efficient vehicles in the country though the NanoMalaysia Energy Storage Technology Initiative.

During the summit, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd also signed a memorandum of understanding with Ditrolic Solar Sdn Bhd, Worldwide Holdings Bhd, Sarawak Digital Economy Corp and Cypark Resources Bhd to drive Malaysia towards its goal of becoming a carbon neutral country by 2050.

Huawei Malaysia CEO Michael Yuan said that collective action is needed to build a low carbon and smarter society that is powered by digital technologies, especially amid the post-pandemic recovery period.

“Power production needs to be low carbonised and power consumption needs to be electrified for us to achieve these objectives.

“Digital power forms a foundation for the digital world in ensuring digital technology operates with a high efficiency and reliability.

“Huawei has deeply integrated digital and power electronic technologies to create low carbon energy solutions, covering the whole energy flow from green power innovation to efficient power consumption,” said Yuan in his welcome address at the summit yesterday.

In line with Malaysia’s goal of becoming a carbon neutral nation by 2050, Yuan said that Huawei will leverage on its extensive experiences in power electronics and energy storage as well as on its technical expertise to provide a digital powered solution for different industries.