Carbon footprint in Kuching to be reduced by 15 pct in 2030 - Abang Jo

21/06/2022 03:37 PM

KUCHING, June 21 (Bernama) -- Sarawak expects to reduce the carbon footprint from land transport in Kuching City by 15 per cent in 2030, said Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said this target can be reached through a modern and eco-friendly integrated transportation system.

Abang Johari said the transport sector accounts for nearly a quarter of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.

“Under a business-as-usual scenario, this figure will continue rising to reach one third of all emissions by 2040.

“To address greenhouse gas emission from the transportation sector, my government introduced a number of hydrogen-powered buses in 2020, and is in the process of introducing hydrogen-powered Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART), a railless train system designed to be used for urban public passenger transport,” he said.

He said this when opening the fifth International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (IDECS) 2022 here today.

The two-day conference serves as a platform for participants to share new ideas, develop strategies, and address issues and challenges to move forward the sustainable digital economy.

Abang Johari said the Sarawak government has also implemented the Smart Traffic Light System at 42 junctions in Kuching and its surrounding districts.

“Traffic data is used to synchronise the traffic lights to reduce traffic congestion, travel time and greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.

Abang Johari said the state government will also continue with its initiatives to conserve, protect and manage the state’s resources sustainably.

“The Sarawak government is committed to keeping 60 per cent of our land mass as forest cover.

“We are restoring 200,000 hectares of degraded forests and setting aside one million hectares as Totally Protected Areas,” he added.