SEDC to play crucial role in Sarawak's green energy agenda, says Premier Abang Jo

Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg (third right) and other dignitaries launching the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation's new logo at its 50th anniversary dinner on Monday (July 4) night. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / The Star

KUCHING: The Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) will play a key role in the state's green energy agenda, says Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The Sarawak Premier said SEDC was tasked to look into the use of hydrogen as a source of renewable energy for public transport in the state.

"We have abundant water resources in four dams to produce hydrogen.

"We want to use hydrogen to fuel our public transport and we now have two buses which run on hydrogen.

"We are also developing an autonomous rapid transit (ART) system which will use hydrogen," he said at SEDC's 50th anniversary dinner here on Monday (July 4) night.

Abang Johari said this was in line with Sarawak's commitment to mitigate climate change through renewable energy and reducing emissions.

He said the state recently amended its Land Code and Forests Ordinance to pave the way for a hydrogen economy as well as carbon capture and storage.

"This is the new frontier for Sarawak. The state government is going in this direction after careful studies.

"We have to diversify our revenue stream, with the extra revenue to be set aside in our proposed sovereign wealth fund for the future of Sarawak," he said, adding that a Bill to establish the sovereign fund would be tabled in the State Legislative Assembly this November.

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