Thursday, August 20, 2009

Government Can Lead In Energy Conservation - Academician

KUCHING, Aug 19 (Bernama) -- Government departments and agencies can lead by example, in practising sustainable energy management.

This would be part of the national initiatives to save energy due to serious challenges posed by the global climate change, said Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Johor Process Systems Engineering Centre (Prospect) director Professor Dr Zainuddin Abdul Manan.

He said government officers could make a positive difference by convincing the people through awareness programmes and campaigns that energy conservation could bring economic, social and environmental benefits to the public.

Dr Zainuddin was speaking to government officers and heads of departments from the various state and federal ministries during a talk, 'Sustainable Energy Management' organised by the Sarawak National Institute of Public Administration (Intan) here Wednesday.

He said it was anticipated that the world would see 200 million refugees by 2100, due to rising energy demand, widespread pollution and climate change.

Currently, Malaysia and Brunei are the only two Asean member countries that provided fuel subsidies, following the third global oil shock last year while tax incentives were given to companies to generate renewable energy under the Budget 2009, said Dr Zainuddin.

Players in the execution of energy efficiency measures through developing and utilising alternative sources and minimising negative environmental impacts, included the Economic Planning Unit (Energy division), energy, green technology and water ministry, Energy Commission and Pusat Tenaga Malaysia.

He said the country, which was moving towards renewable energy to gradually replace fossil fuel -- one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions -- currently only utilised 0.3 per cent as compared to 20 per cent in Germany as it still lacked the supporting structure from the commericalisation aspect.


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