15/03/2023 02:39 PM

KUCHING, March 15 (Bernama) -- Sarawak is planning to establish a climate change centre to oversee and manage all matters related to climate change and carbon trading in the state.

Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the plan is at an initial stage and a framework is being drafted for the establishment of the centre.

“With the establishment of the centre, Sarawak can position itself as a leader in climate change and carbon trading initiatives in the region, attracting investment and talent to drive sustainable economic growth.

“The centre can also support the development of policies and regulations that promote sustainable practices including renewable energy,” he said in his keynote address at the Asia Carbon Conference 2023, here today.

The three-day conference which started yesterday aims to discuss carbon trading and set the tone for policy-making, investment opportunities and new technologies in the carbon market.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari said Sarawak is also in the midst of developing a state climate change policy that provides a comprehensive framework for addressing the critical issue.

He said the policy will guide all communities in Sarawak towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

“We also acknowledge that urban living and economic activities are the primary sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

“Therefore, we are developing the low carbon blueprints for cities and towns in Sarawak. These blueprints will help us address local environmental challenges such as waste management, floods, and air pollution while promoting a low-carbon lifestyle,” he added.