TNB calls for global sustainable collaboration

KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has called for energy players as well as the public and private sectors around the globe to continuously engage, collaborate and leverage each other’s best practices in the journey towards a sustainable future

Speaking at Enlit Europe 2022 in Frankfurt, Germany, TNB president and chief executive officer Datuk Baharin Din said that as the world is rapidly changing, energy is the biggest driver of transformation.

At the same time, he said, the trilemma between energy equity, environmental and energy security remains the biggest challenge in the energy transition.

“(For developing nations,) the core of an ideal energy system remains in balancing the energy trilemma, where access to affordable energy and security of supply are key,” he said.

According to Baharin, the scale and speed of energy transition is a question of economics.

“Thus, we believe that managing these challenges will require a gradual transition. Governments will be key in this transition by helping introduce innovative financing schemes and policies that ease the transition and reduce risks,” he said, as reported by Bernama.

He shared that Malaysians benefit from among the most competitive electricity tariffs in South-East Asia and TNB’s System Average Interruption Duration Index is 45 minutes which is currently at par with the best-developed countries in the world.

For TNB, he said, energy transition (ET) represents both a challenge and an opportunity.

The challenge is the need to rapidly transition to a lower carbon world while meeting the growing expectations of the company’s shareholders and stakeholders, he said.

On another note, he said Asean recognises the strong interconnection among European countries had led to the delivery of several values including sharing of resources while managing the variability of renewable energy (RE).

Referring to the cost-savings benefits – particularly during this year’s energy crisis – gained by the early adopters of RE in Europe in the past two decades, he said TNB has been working with the regional Asean Power Grid to strengthen the interconnection to obtain a similar advantage.

“TNB is keen to explore opportunities for partnerships and investments with its European Union counterparts to deploy electric vehicles (EVs), embark on hydrogen and expand decentralised RE,” he said.

Baharin reiterated that in Malaysia, TNB plans RM20bil worth of capital expenditure investments annually over the next 28 years to support the country’s net-zero agenda.

He also highlighted that TNB is keen to meet with other European electricity supply industry players to explore the opportunities for partnerships and investments as well as delivering ET solutions for sustainable business growth.

He explained that initiatives to fast-track TNB’s sustainability agenda are focused on embarking on responsible energy transition in four focus areas.

“These initiatives cut across the electricity value chain, from transitioning power generation to cleaner sources, enhancing the Grid of the Future to enable more green solutions and facilitating consumer participation in the energy transition, including through EV adoption,” he added.

The three-day Enlit Europe 2022, which ended on Dec 1, was a gathering of thought leaders, visionaries, top officials and experts in the energy industry.

The summit brought together over 4,000 delegates of like-minded organisations and industry players worldwide who are on the same energy transition journey to collaborate, innovate and discuss the most pressing issues in the energy sector.

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