Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Seri Setia Dato Dr. Awang Hj Mat Suny bin Haji Md Hussein, Minister of Energy represented Brunei Darussalam at the 3rd East Asia Energy Forum, which was held via video conference and streamed online on 17th November 2020. The virtual event was jointly organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and the Energy Research Institute Network (ERIN) as part of the ASEAN Energy Business Forum 2020. This year’s forum was themed “Role of Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS)/Carbon Recycling in ASEAN/East Asia” and focused on the role of this clean energy technology in tackling the global climate challenge.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md. Hussein was among the 5 ministerial officials who delivered a video message. The forum was kicked off by Mr. Phuong Hoang Kim, Director of Department of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development and Head of Energy Efficiency Office, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam. The Opening Address was delivered by His Excellency Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary General of ASEAN. The forum highlighted that ASEAN Member States must tackle the challenge of climate change, by not only penetrating renewable energy, but also through promoting the use of CCUS/Carbon Recycling.
In his video message, Brunei Darussalam’s Minister of Energy shared that the United Nations Environment Programme’s 2019 Emissions Gap Report indicated that by 2030, emissions would need to be reduced by 25 per cent from 2018 levels to ensure global warming remains below 2 degrees. Yang Berhormat Dato then stated that CCUS technology can potentially play an important role in decarbonizing the energy sector, especially as the ASEAN region continues to consume fossil fuels such as natural gas in order to meet growing energy demand.
Brunei Darussalam’s efforts in climate change includes reducing carbon emissions from the energy sector through more efficient power generation, deployment of renewable technologies and addressing venting and flaring from oil and gas production, as detailed in the Brunei National Climate Change Policy which was launched in July of 2020. The country is also exploring the potential of CCUS in order to further mitigate industrial emissions from the oil and gas sector.
The East Asia Energy Forum is an annual forum held back-to-back with the ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting (AMEM) and the ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF). The forum is annually participated by energy Ministers, government officials, research institutes and private sector representatives from ASEAN Member States and its Dialogue Partners. The conference aims to raise awareness on the latest trends in the ASEAN and East Asia energy market, with an objective to champion regional energy security and sustainability targets under the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2016 - 2025.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Seri Setia Dato Dr. Awang Hj Mat Suny bin Haji Md Hussein, Minister of Energy represented Brunei Darussalam at the 3rd East Asia Energy Forum, which was held via video conference and streamed online on 17th November 2020.