Amidst Malaysia's commitment to the Global Methane Pledge, a groundbreaking policy brief emphasises the urgent need for the government to articulate a clear national direction for methane action. The role of corporations, public awareness, and cohesive strategies are crucial for sustainable progress against methane emissions, a significant contributor to global warming. The policy brief calls for a more integrated approach and highlights the risk of missed opportunities without clear policies and committed action.
The race against climate change has brought the focus to methane emissions, a major contributor to global warming, especially from the oil and gas sector. A new initiative in Malaysia, supported by leading universities and environmental organisations, aims to accurately measure and manage methane emissions using advanced technologies, rigorous data analysis, and cost-effective strategies. Challenges include discrepancies in existing data, the complexity of measurement methods, and lack of transparent reporting.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has reaffirmed the country's commitment to reducing methane emissions, over a year after Malaysia signed the Global Methane Pledge at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26. Delivering the keynote speech at the Energy Asia 2023 conference recently, Anwar said Malaysia recognised the importance of managing methane emissions, and had committed to joining the global pledge to cut methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030, compared to 2020 levels.