Brunei has highest per capita carbon emissionin ASEAN

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI has the highest per capita carbon emissions in the ASEAN region, with emissions rising sharply over the last seven years, revealed a report from the ASEAN Secretariat.

The Sultanate produces per capita 15.5 metric tonnes of carbon emissions every year, according to the ASEAN Community Progress Monitoring System report, compared to 7.1 metric tonnes in Malaysia and 6.39 metric tonnes in Singapore – two of the more industrialised countries in the 10-nation bloc.

Comparatively, Thailand produces 4.1 metric tonnes per capita and Indonesia 1.9 metric tonnes, while many of ASEAN’s less developed members such as Laos and Cambodia, register less than one metric tonne per capita.

The report stated that the rate of carbon emissions was increasing in all ASEAN countries at various rates.

However, all ASEAN countries, including Brunei, have sharply decreased their consumption of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), thanks to an international treaty phasing out the use of CFCs in many commercial products such as refrigerators and aerosols.

The Sultanate was once the worst emitter of CFCs in the early 2000s, consuming 160 metric tonnes per capita.

According to a study released by the Jakarta-based Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia and Universiti Brunei Darussalam in 2011, Brunei’s carbon dioxide emissions were increasing by two per cent annually, along with total energy consumption.

The study found that Brunei produces an estimated 1.8 megatonnes of carbon dioxide every year, with much of the emissions generated from activities that do not bring about direct benefits to the economy.

The Brunei Times