Environment Ministry to study 40 priority initiatives

Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man

PUTRAJAYA: The 40 environmental initiatives prioritised by the previous Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry will be studied in detail, says Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

In announcing this following his visit to the Department of Environment, the Environment Ministry said there were four main pillars connected to the 40 initiatives.

The pillars focus on the strengthening of governance, economic growth, increasing social inclusiveness and enhancing strategic collaboration.

“The ministry would attend to implementation priorities, aside from focusing on other issues, which include organisational strengthening, a review of policies and laws, and stepping up enforcement, particularly with the use of technology.

“Immediate action in relation to several pending issues such as river pollution, illegal dumping of toxic waste, marine debris and the illegal import of plastic waste would also be taken, ” it said in a statement.

The ministry added that efforts to address the problem of e-waste would be enhanced from this year.

Other matters to be prioritised include a review of the National Policy on the Environment, an in-depth study of the National Policy on Climate Change, and improvements to Environmental Impact Assessment procedures.

It said attention would also be given to strengthening institutions such as the National Council on Climate Change Action and the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre.

“The implementation of the Green Technology Master Plan will be reviewed in the near future while a circular economy for plastics will be introduced.

“Preparations for the hot and dry season to address the haze will be undertaken, ” it said, adding that focus would also be given to the “Malaysia Plastic Pact” involving collaboration between the government, industries, non-governmental organisations and academia as part of efforts to combat plastic pollution. — Bernama

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