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02-Sep-2020 : The Brunei Darussalam Climate Change Policy Task Force Workshop on Strategy 4: Renewable Energy

Over 60 participants from government, private sectors, higher institutions and key industry players convened at the Brunei National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP) Operational Document Taskforce (ODTF) Workshop. Organized by the Ministry of Energy with the support of Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS), the workshop was organised as a part of on-going activities in supporting the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP). The two-day workshop focused on BNCCP 's Strategy 4: Renewable Energy and was held from 2nd to 3rd September 2020 at the Atria Simpur Hall, Public Works Department (JKR) Headquarters. Present to officiate the workshop was Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the Ministry of Energy.

The workshop aims to strengthen the national efforts and harmonising initiatives in the formulation of a coherent roadmap for renewable energy strategy. During the workshop, the participants discussed the multi-sectoral roles in mitigating climate change issues through the nationwide deployment and adaptation of renewable energy technologies. The Ministry as the lead agency that governs the country's power sector is committed to increase a total share of renewable energy to at least 30% of the total capacity in the power generation mix using mainly solar photovoltaic by 2035.

The Permanent Secretary (Energy) in his opening remarks highlighted that at present, the country's renewable energy only accounts for 0.14% of the total power generation capacity which is contributed by the 1.2 MW Tenaga Suria Brunei Solar PV Plant. The Ministry of Energy has led the implementation of a pilot solar rooftop project with an installation on a commercial building in Temburong District. Overall, the number of renewable energy projects are expected to increase with new projects undertaken by multiple agencies. One of the project that is currently in the pipeline is the construction of a 3.3 MW utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) park at Jalan Tengah in Seria by Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP). The project once operational, is set to offset some of the power used by BSP headquarters building.

In line with the Brunei Vision 2035, the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change policy (BNCCP) seeks to pave pathways for a low carbon and climate-resilient Brunei Darussalam through ten key strategies that include short, medium and long term plans and key enablers. The Ministry of Energy in collaboration with relevant stakeholders will continue to deliver policies and programmes in a joint effort to reduce the national emission through a nationwide deployment of renewable energy source. As a part of its long term action plan under BNCCP strategy focus no 4, the Ministry is committed to decarbonise its power sector through the utilisation of low-carbon renewable energy technologies. 

Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy) delivers his welcoming remarks during the workshop

Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy) in a group photo with the participants

The participants during the workshop discussion