Gov’t to develop Temburong into low carbon model district
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE minister of energy and industry at the Prime Minister’s Office said the government is looking to develop Temburong into a low carbon model district with the use of electric cars and solar energy.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar said the introduction of electric cars in Temburong is being studied.
“At the same time, we also need to be serious about eco-tourism in Temburong. There are not many places on earth that can offer a low carbon district,” the minister told The Brunei Times in a recent phone interview.
At the Paris Climate Agreement signing in New York last Friday, the minister had announced plans to replace the diesel-generated power station in Temburong with an operational 15 to 20 megawatt solar power plant in 2019.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin said all these initiatives will be able to bring about a digital green economy that is not dependent on oil and gas.
The minister is hopeful that these plans will create a ripple effect in stimulating innovation, new technology and opportunities in business. “The digital green economy with entrepreneurship and innovation will be the main thrust of our economy. We just have to work hard on this, and as long as we do not compromise on our MIB (Malay Muslim Monarchy) agenda,” he added.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin called on the public to seize the opportunity for Brunei to become a green economy, by exploring climate change projects through entrepreneurship and innovation.
With countries uniting and pledging to combat climate change, YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin said Brunei too is serious about taking action to reduce the country’s carbon footprint, and also help others in the quest to fight climate change. “We (Brunei) can do a lot more and there are still a lot of low-hanging fruits we need to tackle which do not need a big investment,” he continued.
The minister further said there is a need to manage the country’s peat fires, and will be working with the Ministry of Development to manage the issue.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin said it is every individual’s obligation to play a part in helping Brunei achieve its goal of reducing carbon footprint for a sustainable future.
The Brunei Times