Experts, industry stakeholders to meet at clean energy conference in Sarawak

Save Rivers chairman Peter Kallang.

Save Rivers chairman Peter Kallang.

KUCHING: Clean energy experts and other stakeholders will meet to discuss ways to achieve sustainable and inclusive energy systems for Sarawak and Malaysia at an upcoming conference here.

Organised by a group of civil society organisations, the Clean Energy Collaboration on March 15-16 will bring together participants ranging from government officials, policy makers, industry representatives, academics and grassroots communities from Malaysia and abroad.

"The objective of the conference is to find the best pathway for Sarawak and Malaysia to have clean, sustainable energy.

"This means energy which is economical and will not impact the livelihood of the people by flooding the land or polluting the environment," Save Rivers chairman Peter Kallang told reporters on Wednesday (March 6).

Save Rivers is one of the conference organisers, along with Jaringan Orang Asal Semalaysia and Sabah-based Pacos Trust.

The conference is supported by the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) at the University of California, Berkeley, the United Nations Development Project and the Sarawak Convention Bureau.

With participants from a wide-ranging background, the conference will provide opportunities to discuss important and relevant topics on power supply and energy systems.

Notable speakers include Prof Daniel Kammen from RAEL and former Australian senator and renewable energy policy expert Christine Milne.

"The two-day conference is a proactive step to promote an environment of free, prior and informed consent, as stated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

"It is a humble initiative to encourage inclusive and multilateral approaches for arriving at pragmatic and impartial solutions to meet the energy needs of the country," Kallang said.