Sarawak to host Asia Pacific green hydrogen conference in June next year

Dr Hazland (fourth left) and representatives from the APGH2024 organiser and other participating groups holding miniature placards in a photo-call for the event after the press conference at the DUN media room today (May 18, 2023).

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING May 18: The Asia Pacific Green Hydrogen Conference and Exhibition 2024 (APGHC2024) will be held at the Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching (BCCK) from June 11 to June 13, 2024.

In announcing this, Deputy Minister for Energy and Environmental Sustainability Sarawak Dr Hazland Abang Hipni said that Sarawak aims to be a pioneer in the green hydrogen economy in the Asia Pacific region.

He opined that Sarawak has the potential to lead the hydrogen economy in the said region and to be the first to develop a green hydrogen economy.

Dr Hazland also disclosed that Sarawak is committed to being ready for the energy transition by the year 2030.

“We aim to transition to blue hydrogen, with green hydrogen as our ultimate goal, to mitigate climate change and achieve a sustainable future.

“Sarawak possesses vast renewable resources, available capacity, human capital, and technological advancements, making it well-positioned for this transition,” he told reporters at a press conference for the conference today at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex media room today.

The core objective of the conference is to position Sarawak at the forefront of the green hydrogen economy. Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg is expected to officially launch APGHC2024 in Kuala Lumpur soon.

Meanwhile, Dr Hazland said APGHC2024 will help Sarawak prime itself and its economy for the transition to green hydrogen.

“Sarawak Premier had stated that Sarawak is expected to produce 200,000 tonnes of green hydrogen by 2025 and 2026 through collaborations with foreign companies investing in the sector.

“By 2030, Sarawak will be fully ready for the energy transition, which is the key to the future of Sarawak.”

He further revealed that the conference organisers are targeting for the conference to be held annually until 2026, and thereafter biennially, aligning with Sarawak’s vision and goals as outlined in Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030.

“We believe that APGHC2024 will be a gamechanger for the hydrogen industry, bringing together key stakeholders, fostering partnerships, and catalysing the growth of a sustainable and prosperous hydrogen economy in the Asia Pacific region,” he said.

Among those present at the press conference were Business Events Sarawak (BESarawak) chief executive officer Amelia Roziman, Borneo Business Connect (BBC) Sdn Bhd executive director Nadzeem Abdul Rahman, and Place Borneo Sdn Bhd director Gracie Geikie. — DayakDaily