Malaysia sends climate change action plan to UN

A woman walks past pillars with the Nations' national flags attending the COP 21 UN climate conference, decorating the exterior of the venue hall, on November 26, 2015, in Le Bourget, north of Paris, ahead of the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. - AFP

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has sent its climate change action plan to the United Nations for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.

In a document hosted on a UN website, the plan said Malaysia planned to reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 45% by 2030.

"This consist(s) of 35% on an unconditional basis and a further 10% is condition upon receipt of climate finance, technology transfer and capacity building from developed countries," it read on Saturday.

These details were laid out in an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) paper, which the UN acknowledged in a Nov 27 statement.

The document can be viewed on the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change website (

Some 181 parties including Malaysia, have sent INDCs to the UN for the COP21 (UN Climate Change Conference) talks from Nov 30 to Dec 11.

Malaysia is the second last country in Asean to send its INDC to the UN. Brunei has yet to do so.

The conference aims to draft a binding global agreement on how to take care of climate change.

United Nations data showed that Malaysia was 26th worldwide in 2012 when it came to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fuel combustion.

It contributed to 0.62% of global emissions then, with the average Malaysian contributing 6.7 metric tons of CO2 each year.

Malaysia's INDC document said that surface mean temperature here went up by 0.14 to 0.25 Celsius every 10 years.

It added that the Government spent some RM51bil under the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011-2015) to "enhance resilience" against climate change.

One effect of climate change in Malaysia, The Star reported earlier, was that sea levels in some parts here might rise by 1m by 2100.

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