Special Remarks " 2nd MY Carbon Awards Ceremony"

Feb 18, 2016

Yang Berhormat Dato Sri Dr. Haji Wan Junaidi Bin Tuanku Jaafar, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment

Yang Berbahagia Dato' Sr. Dr. Azimuddin Bin Bahari, Deputy Secretary General (Environmental Management), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Representatives from Government Ministries and private sector agencies

Representatives of civil society organizations, members of the public and the media.

Selamat Pagi and a very good morning!

Let me begin by thanking the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment for inviting me to offer my remarks in this 2nd MY Carbon Awards Ceremony.  The MY Carbon Awards are an important outcome of the UNDP-supported Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources project to put in place a National Corporate Green House Reporting Programme.  As the project is coming to its end, I am happy to note that the MY Carbon programme has been reported as one of the achievements under the 10th Malaysia Plan; and I envisage the carbon reporting programme to be a key component in strengthening national mitigation efforts, as prioritised in the 11th Malaysia Plan.

A national carbon reporting system is one of several necessary and urgent steps that need to be taken by the Malaysian government to achieve its emissions reduction targets, and to contribute to global efforts to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change and foster growth and development that is sustainable.  The MY Carbon programme sets a good basis for moving forward.

We are pleased at the persistence of participating companies that have been a part of the programme from inception and welcome the newcomers.  More than 54 companies have started submitting their reports and nearly 200 participants have benefitted from the training to date.  I am sure you continued your efforts because you see the benefits to your companies of measuring and adapting your systems and processes, and I urge you to encourage other companies to come on board.  We celebrate the achievements of the programme participants, and we hope your example will be replicated by more companies across more sectors by 2020.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) and the 21st Conference of Parties (COP) meetings, which were organized in Paris late last year, marks a significant achievement for multilateral diplomacy. The outcome document, the Paris Agreement, is an enduring, legally binding treaty on climate action which contains emission reduction commitments from 187 countries starting in 2020.

The Paris Agreement will soon enter into force once 55 parties representing 55% of global emissions have signed on to it, beginning 22 April 2016 until 21 April 2017.  We look forward to Malaysia proactively moving ahead on implementation of the commitments for national and also global benefit.  I also noted in Malaysia’s submitted Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) that Government has set itself ambitious targets to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of GDP by 45% by 2030 relative  to  the  emissions  intensity  of  GDP  in 2005.  Achievement of  35% of this target  is  on  an  unconditional  basis,  with the further  10%  conditioned  upon receipt  of  adequate climate  finance and  appropriate technology  transfer  and  capacity  building  from  developed countries.  

UNDP stands ready to support Malaysia’s accession process, as well as its implementation efforts to reduce emissions and increase resilience.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

2015 was a landmark year for development. Governments reached historic agreements and set global agendas which will guide development priorities for a generation. These include:

  • “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, and the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • The Paris Agreement on climate change;
  • The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction; and
  • The Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, which sets out the means of implementation.

This agenda is for all countries, at all levels of development.  No country is outside of this framework as all have work to do.  And 2016 is the time for action.

Here in Malaysia, you are important partners to realise the Paris Agreement, which is a core component of the 2030 global development agenda, as well as other sustainable development goals and targets.  We have to reverse the present upward global trend in Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) which is driving climate change, and which will shape the future of our planet for hundreds and thousands of years.

Next week, EPU will be launching Malaysia’s final scorecard of achievements for the Millennium Development Goals, developed with the support of the United Nations Country team. This baseline will help in pointing the way forward to achievement of the 2030 agenda and the sustainable development goals.  As we look ahead to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is essential that we adhere with the SDG principles of inclusiveness, transparency and promoting greater accountability in our institutions, in governance and in business – in all spheres of life - so we can maximize the development dividends for real, visible and sustained improvements in people’s lives.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I understand that the Panel of Judges has concluded its evaluation and has agreed to award 5 (five) companies as the best of the MY Carbon reporters in Malaysia for 2015.  And so I will not prolong your suspense.

As I close, I hope that the MY Carbon programme will continue to be a platform to share information that supports strategic decision-making and policy dialogue between public and private sectors, by generating relevant up-to-date climate change information.  Certainly, making decisions about sustainable development and climate change mitigation is no longer the sole purview of governments, but includes the contributions of private sector, non-governmental actors, and civil society.

We look forward to MNRE to take the MY Carbon programme to greater heights, with the continued support from the corporates and the institutions.  UNDP is your longstanding partner and we remain committed to further deepening our partnership with the Government of Malaysia and specifically the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in the relevant areas for achievement of the development aspirations of Malaysia and its people.

Thank You.

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