The Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan has proposed an initiative that transforms 3 famous islands in the country into green energy islands that use 100% renewable energy.
The 3 islands are Pulau Redang and Pulau Perhentian in Terengganu as well as Pulau Tioman in Pahang.
Takiyuddin said a proposal paper on the initiative has been presented to the Cabinet last Friday (26 August), reported Bernama.
“We proposed to begin in Pulau Redang and Pulau Perhentian. Earlier, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that another island would be Pulau Tioman.”
“The government is serious, even if it is not the whole country, we hope there are components like these islands that will use 100% renewable energy,” he said.
He said this at a press conference after the opening ceremony of the Fifth International Sustainable Energy Summit (ISES) 2022.
Earlier in the press conference, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this pioneering initiative for the development of Green Energy Islands is one of the four national electricity supply systems.
Meanwhile, Takiyuddin also said the policy and sustainable energy development initiatives are expected to reduce the electricity supply sector’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity by 45%.
He added that this initiative will result in economic spillovers through the generation of investments of up to RM33 billion and the creation of 47,000 direct job opportunities.
“This commitment needs the joint efforts of all stakeholders in the field of sustainable energy,” he said.
Besides that, he shared that the Malaysia Energy Transition Outlook (METO) study is being prepared by the government with the cooperation of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and is expected to be completed next year.
“It is important because it will give us guidelines on how to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,” he explained.