Malaysia-UK enhance cooperation on climate action

by TMR / pic by TMR FILE

MALAYSIA and the UK government have inked a new partnership agreement to strengthen cooperation on climate action. 

The “UK-Malaysia Climate Partnership” will see both countries work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, share technical expertise,  build capacity and increase biodiversity and climate ambition.

It covers five main areas: Collaboration on climate and biodiversity issues, knowledge sharing through capacity building activities, promoting scientific and technical collaboration, supporting private sector involvement on green finance, and promoting outreach activities, the UK Embassy in Malaysia said in a statement today.

The partnership was signed between the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Minister for the Pacific and International Environment Lord Zac Goldsmith with the Malaysian Minister of Environment and Water Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

“Action to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss requires commitment and collaboration. The UK-Malaysia Climate Partnership marks an important step in building on the progress made at COP26, and will further deepen the strong ties and knowledge-sharing between our countries to address this global challenge.

“Malaysia has taken significant action on clean growth, sustainable urbanisation, green finance, forest and biodiversity protection, supply chains and carbon markets, and by continuing to share our experiences and expertise we can work together to limit carbon emissions and protect precious natural ecosystems,” Goldsmith said.

The cooperation is expected to further deepen ties between the UK and Malaysia in line with the Strategic Dialogue agreed between the UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah in November 2021.

British High Commissioner to Malaysia Charles Hay (picture) said the British government wants to support Malaysia’s transition to a low carbon economy and reduction of emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, along with the preservation of natural resources for future generations.

“Through the UK-Malaysia Climate Partnership, we have now formalised specific areas of collaboration to address the climate challenges together.”

The UK is delivering several projects in Malaysia which are contributing in practical ways including strengthening nature-based solutions in the forested state of Terengganu, supporting low-carbon city planning in Iskandar and Melaka, promoting sustainable urbanisation in Kuala Lumpur, renewable energy generation in off-grid villages in Sabah, and mobilising green finance by working with Malaysian financial institutions including Bank Negara Malaysia.

At COP26, the UK also announced new support to Southeast Asian countries, including Malaysia. The £110 million (RM607.2 million) Asean Catalytic Green Finance Facility will support new sustainable infrastructure projects and the £274 million fund, under the UK Climate Action for a Resilient Asia programme, will strengthen climate adaptation across the Indo-Pacific.