Malaysia to ratify Paris Agreement

KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet has given approval for Malaysia to ratify the Paris Agreement which is aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 2030.

In announcing this yesterday, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said Malaysia has pledged to a 45% reduction in its greenhouse emissions by 2030, and cut 32 million tonnes of carbon emissions by 2020.

He, however, expressed concern over US President-elect Donald Trump’s apparent lack of interest in climate change.

“So we are worried about the Paris Agreement, if America is not going to support. Because America was a strong supporter of the agreement under President Barack Obama.

“We hope that Trump will continue to support the agreement and address the climate change problem and global warming,” he told reporters after the opening the 11th Asia-Pacific Mineral Resource Exhibition and Conference 2016 at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.

The Paris Agreement is an accord within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change dealing with greenhouse gas emission mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in 2020.

Wan Junaidi