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Environment ministry to develop LT-LEDS for UNFCCC consideration

The Environment and Water Ministry (KASA) is developing a Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategies (LT-LEDS) plan that will be presented at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The ministry said in a statement today that the low emissions pathway approach is among the country’s strategies to achieve its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets in the long-term.

“Strategy planning and action plans to achieve a low emissions pathway requires commitment, involvement and cooperation from government ministries and agencies responsible for the GHG emissions of the country’s main sectors.

“The private sector and non-governmental organisations also need to play a role in supporting the implementation of a low emissions pathway in order to achieve the set goals, in line with the whole-of-nation approach in combating climate change,” the statement read.

The ministry also said that it was the national focal point for matters relating to climate change and was responsible for the implementation of climate change initiatives at the national level, in line with the country’s commitment under the UNFCCC and the Paris Accord.

“Therefore the Malaysian low emission direction roundtable session was held today to share initiatives and get input from various stakeholders that will be taken into consideration in the planning of policies and programme implementation regarding the LT-LEDS plan.

“The main initiatives that will be implemented by the ministry include updating the country’s GHG emission reduction under the UNFCCC, the drafting of legal framework and carbon market mechanisms, reviewing the climate change policy and strengthening institutions through the establishment of the National GHG Inventory Centre,” the statement read.

A total of 250 participants from government ministries and agencies, the private sector, non-governmental organisations and academic bodies participated in the roundtable, both physically and online, that was officiated by ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Ir Dr Zaini Ujang.

He announced in his keynote address that the ministry would adopt the planetary health approach to reaffirm its commitment towards the climate change and green development agenda.

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