ON PAGE THREE of Friday’s edition of the Borneo Bulletin (December 25, 2009), the Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Miss Tong Xiaoling, sounded out to be an unofficial spokesperson for Brunei Darussalam’s contingent to the recently-concluded United Nations’ Summit on Climate Change which was held in Copenhagen last week.
According to the friendly and transparent Chinese Ambassador, Brunei Darussalam has discovered that “as an important and responsible member of the international community, Brunei has tried its utmost in addressing climate change”.
The Bandar Seri Begawan-based Chinese diplomat, Miss Tong, added that: “It was further learnt that Brunei’s proactive efforts to advance the Heart of Borneo (HOB) project and the Coral Triangle Initiative, as well as its resolve to develop renewable energy and achieving sustainable development were met with high appreciation amongst the participants, including China”.
Hhmmn… talk about transparency and openness on the part of the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the country’s leading newspaper had to gather facts on the national stand on Climate Change from a woman diplomat representing a foreign nation?
Small matter, I guess… what matters most is that Brunei Darussalam is not as guilty as China in terms of carbon emissions as per statistics published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2006: China was ranked No. 1 with 6,103,493 Annual CO2 emissions (in thousands of metric tons) which is equivalent to 21.5 percent of the global total percentage whilst Brunei Darussalam stood at 110th position in world rankings at 5,911 metric tons or less than 0.1 percent.
However, the relevant agencies in this Abode of Peace could step up their concerted efforts to prove to the world that Brunei Darussalam can be made as a Role Model in the much-hyped about Climate Change issue. The Ministry of Energy under the Prime Minister’s Office, the Department of Environment under the Ministry of Development, the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources as well as Government-owned national oil company, the Petroleum Brunei and key industry players like Brunei Shell, TOTAL, etc should collaborate further and pulled resources to come up with new initiatives and plans of action to achieve national goals and aspirations as far as environmental problems are concerned.
One very simple means to do it is to launch an all-out ‘Clean Energy’ campaign by introducing Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV) on Brunei roads, to start with. Gradually, Bruneian motorists should also embrace hydrogen fuel as an alternative renewable energy source at a much later stage.
Both are do-able and NGV is definitely executable and implementable given the fact that Brunei LNG is one of the world’s leading exporters of this most environmentally-friendly ‘cleanest fuel’!😉 Let the whole world GO GREEN with envy!🙂