KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is set to announce its commitment in becoming a carbon neutral nation as early as 2050, says Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
"It is an important statement by the country which will be made during the United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP26," he said during his ministerial reply on the 12th Malaysian Plan (12MP) in Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (Oct 5).
He said that the statement will be drafted by the Malaysian Climate Change Action Council (MyCAC), which will meet this coming Monday (Oct 11).
He said the council, chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, comprises all federal ministers, chief ministers and mentris besar.
He noted that the Prime Minister had recently announced under the 12MP that the country would work towards becoming carbon neutral as early as 2050.
"This shows that the government is proactive and committed towards efforts in addressing climate change," he added.
COP 26 will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, between Oct 31 and Nov 12, with the nation expected to commit greater effort in dealing with climate change.
To a question by Wong Chen (PH-Subang), Tuan Ibrahim said the 2050 target was set to allow the nation to prepare the necessary laws and infrastructure to achieve the goal earlier if possible.
"The green sector is highly competitive, regionally and globally.
"If we are late, we will be left behind not only in investments but will also be seen to be inconsistent or lack commitment in implementing the zero carbon agenda," he said.