Time for renewable energy


KUCHING: Renewable energy and climate expert Dr Daniel Kammen will give a public talk on building alternative renewable and sustainable energy capacity for economic growth and development in Sarawak on Tuesday.

A professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Kammen will lead a group of experts, scholars and advocates in energy, climate and the environment to speak at the talk.

Kammen is a world authority on appropriate renewable and sustainable energy and an adviser to the US government on energy, environment and climate.

He will speak about the feasibility and practicability of harnessing Sarawak’s potential for appropriate renewable and sustainable sources of energy as part of the state’s efforts to build and develop its energy capacity while preserving the environment.

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, who is hosting the talk, said this was an excellent opportunity for Sarawak to tap into the available technology transfer, climate finance and capacity building aid from advanced countries to develop and promote the use of renewable resources.

“I hope this will be a starting point for us to talk about capacity building in sustainable energy. It is important for us to develop this because we are heavily dependent on our depleting resources of oil and gas,” he said.

See added that Sarawak had the ability to lead the nation in developing and building energy capacity from sustainable and renewable sources.

He said this was relevant as Malaysia had signed the Paris Agreement in April this year, which aims to combat climate change through reducing greenhouse gases by slashing or eliminating the use of coal, oil and gas for energy.

Kammen visited Sarawak last year, making a courtesy call on the Chief Minister and meeting Sarawak Energy Bhd officials with his associate Dr Rebekah Shirley.

He also submitted a proposal paper on building and implementing sustainable energy capacity for Sarawak to the state government.

The lunchtime talk will be held at Harbour View Hotel here at noon and attendance is free.

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