PM Anwar: Asian countries are not climate change deniers, global energy transition should not be ‘dictated by any group of nations’

KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today said the global energy transition “should not be dictated by any group of nations”.

He added that Asian countries are not denying climate change and have the right to prioritize their own development and survival alongside global environmental goals.

“We need to transition, but the transition must be decided collectively according to each country’s requirements,” he said at the start of the Energy Asia 2023 conference at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center here.

“Asia must seize every opportunity to further dialogue and action on how countries can responsibly plan to realize their right to development and low-carbon goals,” he said. .

Anwar also did not directly say which country group he was referring to, but other speakers at the event said that the global clean energy push by the United Nations and European Union is the voice of developing countries. and their needs were not properly considered.

These speakers included Tan Sri Tengku Mohamad Tawfik Tengku Aziz, President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Petronas, Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of credit rating agency S&P Global, and Chairman of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. They included Secretary General Haitham Al Ghaith.

Mr Anwar also said that hydrocarbons will continue to be important as part of Malaysia’s energy transition, and natural gas will play a pivotal role.

He added that the government will release two roadmaps related to energy transition in the second half of this year, the National Energy Transition Roadmap (NETR) and the Hydrogen Economy Technology Roadmap (HETR).

“NETR will be complemented by HETR and technological innovation will pave the way for achieving environmentally sustainable and long-term energy security in Malaysia,” he said.

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