RENEWABLE energy is an ubiquitous energy source produced naturally in a short period of time.
It is obtained, directly or indirectly, from sources such as the sun or the movement of other natural resources and environmental mechanisms. It excludes energy sources obtained from fossil fuels, as well as waste products from fossil sources or inorganic sources.
As stipulated in the 2017 Budget, the focus of the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry is to grow green development under the 11th Malaysia Plan.
Renewable energy prospects in our country are high. High wind velocity, 12 hours of sunlight a day and an elongated coastal strip allow this country to develop renewable energy sources.
Renewable energy can boost the country’s economy. It is an energy sector that does not need to rely on the world market.
Renewable energy also guarantees energy security as it can reduce dependency on imported fuels such as coal.
The 2016 Energy Commission report stated that 24.63 million tonnes of coal were used at power stations.
In Peninsular Malaysia, coal is imported from abroad. Indonesia is the biggest supplier at 56 per cent, followed by Australia (30 per cent), Russia (nine per cent) and South Africa (five per cent).
A study on energy consumption shows that the world will experience a natural gas shortage in 60 years. We have enough coal to last 130 years.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development director Mario Pezzini, who is also special adviser to the centre’s secretary-general on development, said to reduce climate change and facilitate a transition to a low-carbon economy, it is important for Asean countries to explore the potentials for renewable energy.
This is in line with one of the strategic thrusts of the National Climate Change Policy, which consolidates the energy policy incorporating management practices that enhance renewable energy and energy efficiency. The development of renewable energy sources can reduce the impact of climate change.
The government should focus on developing renewable energy as it is more profitable in reducing the cost of importing fossil fuels. It is also safer and can reduce carbon emissions due to burning fossil fuels to generate electricity.
NUR IMANI ABDULLAH
Water and Energy Consumers Association, Kuala Lumpur