Johor looks to collaborate with Sarawak on renewable energy initiatives


JOHOR BARU: Johor is looking to establish close collaboration with Sarawak for renewable energy sources, particularly hydrogen, says Datuk Seri Hasni Mohammad.

The Johor Sustainability Centre chairman added that Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi would lead a delegation on a working visit to Sarawak by the end of this month.

“It is one of the state government’s strategies to form a collaboration either with the private or public sector to strengthen our renewable energy sector.

"This includes Sarawak, which is developing hydrogen as a renewable energy source, and Johor wants to cooperate with them,” he said.

Hasni, who is also a former mentri besar, shared this after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Paragon Globe Bhd (PGB) and UOB Malaysia on Thursday (June 20).

He added that it was crucial for the state government to have close cooperation with the Sarawak government to gain a better understanding of hydrogen technology as a renewable energy source.

“We have been informed that Sarawak is looking at supplying their renewable energy to Singapore. If we have a better understanding of hydrogen, then Johor could potentially use the same renewable energy source,” he said.

On June 10, Sarawak 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 noted that South Korea supported this endeavour by providing a grant to study the development of the Sarawak Hydrogen Roadmap.

"The grant is quite substantial. 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 said.

Abang Johari mentioned that 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.

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