Sarawak’s green agenda takes centre stage in Central Europe: Premier shares insights on climate action

Abang Johari (right) speaking during a dialogue at the Central European Hydrogen Technology Forum held yesterday (April 24, 2024) in Poznan, Poland. Photo credit: TVS

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, April 25: Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has shared an in-depth look at Sarawak’s forward-looking strategies in combating climate change with industry players and policy makers in Central Europe.

With the world facing pressing environmental threats, Sarawak is setting an example by embracing sustainable technologies and comprehensive green policies, Abang Johari said, according to a post earlier today on the Premier’s official Facebook page, ‘Sarawakku’.


“As we have observed, 2023 was the hottest period in human history. Under the Paris Agreement, capping temperature rises below 1.5 degrees Celsius is vital yet challenging.

“Post-pandemic, we launched the Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 focusing on environmental sustainability,” he was quoted as saying in the news report.

The Premier made the remarks during a dialogue at the Central European Hydrogen Technology Forum held yesterday (April 24) in Poznan, Poland.

In addition, he discussed Sarawak’s dedicated initiatives to preserve and improve its natural environment.

“Being part of Borneo, Sarawak is also working heavily on rainforest restoration. Presently, forests cover 62 per cent of our state, contributing to 52 per cent of Malaysia’s forest area,” he explained.

Abang Johari further highlighted Sarawak’s reforestation initiatives and the promotion of planted forests to bolster environmental quality, aligning with global standards.

“Our commitment extends to increasing forest coverage and promoting planted forests, integral to our digital and green economy roadmap,” he added.

The discussion also touched upon Sarawak’s strategic initiatives in the hydrogen sector.

“For hydrogen production, strong and sustainable energy sources are essential. In Sarawak, we are fortunate to have a mix of hydro, solar, and biomass sources.

“This diversity allows us to produce affordable hydrogen, which is crucial as we embark on our roadmap to introduce hydrogen as a major power source,” he said.

The Premier further emphasised the global significance of the efforts, saying that climate change is a serious concern, and Sarawak is using its assets to help with the global issue.

He also aims to inspire and collaborate with other regions to promote practices that benefit the global community.

The event was also attended by Sarawak Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Sarawak State Secretary Datuk Amar Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki, Ambassador of Malaysia to Poland Dato Chitra Devi Ramiah, and Marshall of Wielkopolska Region, Marek Wozniak. — DayakDaily