Sarawak unveils SET-P green energy and technology roadmap, supported by South Korea

KUCHING: Sarawak has unveiled an energy transition policy incorporating renewable energy sources and technology to ensure a clean and sustainable future.

Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg said the policy, known as SET-P, was the state's roadmap towards green energy.

He said the state was supported in this endeavour by South Korea, which had provided a grant to study the development of the Sarawak Hydrogen Roadmap.

"The grant is quite a substantial amount. It is part of the Korean government's commitment to decarbonisation.

"We will work with them by producing hydrogen here to be exported to South Korea," he told reporters after opening the inaugural Asia Pacific green hydrogen conference and exhibition here on Monday (June 10).

Earlier in his speech, Abang Johari said the roadmap would be a comprehensive blueprint for harnessing the potential of hydrogen energy in Sarawak.

"The Sarawak Hydrogen Roadmap will guide our efforts, covering technological advancements, infrastructure development and regulatory frameworks.

"Through collaboration, we seek economic growth, job creation and environmental stewardship, contributing to global sustainability goals," he said.

On SET-P, Abang Johari said it would focus on four main sectors comprising power, transportation, industry and buildings.

"In the power sector, we aim to ensure reliable, renewable and efficient energy generation and distribution.

"For transportation, our goal is to promote green mobility solutions to reduce carbon emissions and enhance connectivity," he said.

For the industry sector, Abang Johari said Sarawak was encouraging sustainable practices and innovations to boost economic growth while protecting the environment.

He said the state was also advancing energy-efficient designs and technologies in the building sector to create sustainable living and working spaces.

To facilitate the energy transition, Abang Johari said Sarawak would focus on eight types of energies and technologies. He said these included renewable energy, hydrogen, energy efficiency, green mobility, synthetic fuels, bioenergy, oil and gas as well as carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS).

In addition, he said Sarawak would establish a centre of excellence for clean energy, bringing together scientists, engineers, policymakers and industry leaders to pioneer cutting-edge technologies using renewable resources.

It will drive advancements in clean energy domains such as hydrogen, hydroelectric, solar energy, biomass and other emerging forms.

"Our focus will be on sustainable energy solutions that address present needs while safeguarding the wellbeing of future generations," he said.

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