Sarawak looking into taxing carbon producers

Abang Johari (fourth right) and members of the Sarawak delegation and representatives of their host pose for a photo during the visit to the CCS facility Northern Lights and Technology Centre Mongstad in Norway, to see the technology used by the parties involved in the sector on Aug 23, 2023. Photo credit: TVS

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KUCHING, Aug 24: The State government is actively exploring procedures to tax carbon producers, says Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

According to a TVS news report, Abang Johari stated that desire follows the steps of the United Nations (UN), which has listed carbon as a commodity.

“I think the UN has categorised carbon as a commodity. So, it (will) be the (treated the) same as the other commodities that we handle.

“Carbon has become a commodity to be traded and of course as a government, we are exploring how to tax them (carbon producers),” he said.

The Premier made the remarks at a dinner organised by Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) at Hotel Norge in Bergen, Norway, on Wednesday (Aug 23).

Meanwhile, Abang Johari stated that his work visit to Norway on Wednesday (Aug 23) has provided him with more detailed information on the handling of carbon as a trading material.

The Premier, who led a Sarawak delegation, paid a technical visit to the carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility Northern Lights and Technology Centre Mongstad in Norway, in order to learn more about the infrastructure and technology utilised by CCS industry players in the country. — DayakDaily