Sarawak Premier explores collaboration with Singapore ministries, companies on energy transition, carbon trading

Tan (right) presenting Abang Johari with a souvenir after the meeting.

KUCHING, Oct 25: Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has met with four ministries and companies in Singapore today to explore areas of collaboration in resource sharing for the energy transition, climate change action, and carbon trading.

According to a press release, the meetings took place on the sidelines of the Premier’s itinerary at the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), which was held at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore.

The Singapore authorities invited the Premier to deliver a keynote address at SIEW, an annual platform for energy professionals, policymakers, and commentators to share best practices and solutions in the global energy space.

Following lunch, the first meeting was with Total Energies, followed by bilateral meetings with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) Singapore Second Minister Tan See Leng, and the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) Minister Grace Fu.

In a statement by Singapore MTI, Tan said a joint workgroup will be set up for policy exchanges and to identify potential projects for implementation.

“Singapore and Sarawak enjoy longstanding relations. The workgroup reaffirms our (Singapore) commitment to collaborate with link-minded partners in areas of mutual interest such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon credits.

” International cooperation is critical to promote regional and global climate action to achieve the Paris Agreement goals,” he said.

Abang Johari emphasised that the Sarawak-Singapore partnership will set a precedent for how international cooperation can work together to accelerate the transition to clean, green energy and more sustainable future.

“The partnership is about supporting our economies while also addressing the global battle against climate change.

“We need to rethink our approach to development in the context of a rapidly warming and increasingly interconnect planet. This international collaboration is a ground-breaking step going forward and I look forward to successful collaboration,” he said.

Later in the afternoon, the Premier and his delegation met with SembCorp Industries Ltd, followed by a meeting with Keppel Corporation Limited to discuss collaborating on carbon trading. — DayakDaily