Sarawak’s leadership potential in bioenergy diversification spotlighted at USA forum

Dr Hazland (right) shares on Sarawak's perspective at CERAWeek in Houston, Texas on March 19, 2024.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, March 20: Sarawak has the potential to lead in the development of three distinct biofuels, namely bioenergy derived from palm oil waste, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from microalgae, and wood pellets sourced from sustainable forests for bioenergy production.

During a closed-door session at the esteemed Cambridge Energy Research Associates Week (CERAWeek) in Houston, Texas on Tuesday (March 19), Deputy Minister of Energy and Environment Sustainability Datuk Dr Hazland Abang Hipni emphasised Sarawak’s commitment to biofuel diversification.


Dr Hazland shared insights on Sarawak’s strategic initiatives aimed at expanding the biofuel landscape.

According to a media release, Dr Hazland participated alongside prominent international industry leaders to discuss key agendas shaping the future of the biofuel sector. These included discussions on food, fuel, and carbon credits; policy frameworks for low-carbon fuels; optimal feedstock selection; and the symbiotic relationship between agriculture and the energy sector.

Particular emphasis was placed on biofuel production sourced from commodities like oil palm, corn, sugarcane, and soy.

Highlighting Sarawak’s perspective, Dr Hazland underscored the necessity of diversifying biofuel sources beyond reliance on a single crop.

The forum attracted 25 esteemed international representatives from North and South America, the European Union, and Asia, including key figures from BASF Corp, Eni, Reliance Industries Ltd, Marquis, Lanzajet, Shell, Petamina, and PETRONAS.

CERAWeek, an annual gathering organised by S&P Global, serves as the premier platform for global energy industry leaders to convene, exchange insights and collectively steer the future of the energy landscape. — DayakDaily