The government has introduced the Energy Efficiency (Standards and Labelling) Order 2021 in a bid to promote and ensure the use of energy-efficient electrical appliances and products in the country.

This was revealed by the Minister of Energy, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mat Suny Hj Md Hussein during the opening of the Energy Theme Week at the International Convention Centre in Berakas last week.

During his keynote speech, the minister explained that the new order, SLO in short, will help achieve reduce energy intensity to 45 per cent against the base year 2005 by 2035.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali Apong and Minister of Energy, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Hj Mat Suny Hj Md Hussein launching the Energy Theme Week. Image: Wardi Wasil

“This will also be beneficial to consumers as it will help reduce their electricity bills through reduced electricity consumption,” he continued.

“The Ministry of Energy will undertake key activities including roadshows and consultation sessions with relevant agencies, the business community and consumers, in preparation for the commencement of this Order in June 2022,” he added.

Holding the theme “Energy Transition: Towards a Sustainable Future”, YB Dato Dr Hj Mat Suny, highlighted how the Energy Theme Week is aimed at addressing the current energy transition to modern and sustainable energy services, as the world continues to need energy from various sources including fossil fuels.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali Apong and Minister of Energy, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Hj Mat Suny Hj Md Hussein touring the exhibition of Energy Theme Week at ICC, Berakas. Image: Wardi Wasil

“With Climate Change in mind, it is vital that we collectively adopt both established and new technologies that could help reduce the environmental impact of all these energy sources, and in this regard, the support of all the relevant parties including industrial players are greatly welcomed,” he said.

He added that the theme also falls in line with ME’s five-year Strategic Plan where one of the objectives revolve around green energy, with the aim of achieving long-term energy security for the sultanate and its environment.

With this strategic objective in mind, the energy minister went on to express ME’s continued pursuit of the growth of the renewable energy sector, particularly boosting the nation’s solar energy capacity.

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“The ministry is also playing a significant role in the country’s climate change agenda as the lead agency to reduce carbon emissions in a responsible manner, and this reduction can only be achieved through a better energy mix and more efficient generation and use of energy,” continued YB Dato Dr Hj Mat Suny.

According to the minister, to date, Brunei Darussalam has reached renewable energy installed capacity of about 4.9 Megawatt, in part due to the new BSP Flagship 3.3 Megawatt Solar Photovoltaic Plant in Seria which launched in April this year as well as the 187 Kilowatt Solar PV system by the Berakas Power Company at their HQ.

“These two solar plants will contribute to the reduction of approximately 200 tonnes of carbon emissions every year,” he shared.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali Apong and Minister of Energy, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Hj Mat Suny Hj Md Hussein touring the exhibition of Energy Theme Week at ICC, Berakas. Image: Wardi Wasil

He then highlighted the Department of Electrical Services’ (DES) and the strides that they have made in the sustainable energy front over the past few years which includes the installation of solar PV in rural areas of Belait and Tutong.

“The recent installation of a 100 kilowatt solar PV system at the Temburong District Office in Bangar and also instilling 75 units of solar-powered LED street lights along the road of Kg Perdayan in the Temburong district,” he added.

The week-long event comprised of several key educational activities including an exhibition that will share information on the latest renewable energy technologies that can be used by the public, as well as the commercial and the industrial sector.

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The exhibition showcases the latest technological innovation on renewable energy, energy-efficient products and advisory services while also raising awareness on the new Energy Efficiency (Standard and Labelling) Order 2021.

Present as the guest of honour Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism.

The Energy Theme Week is part of the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition 2021 (Brunei MYCE 2021) which is an initiative of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) to grow the meeting, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MYCE) market, aimed at promoting knowledge sharing and increasing business activities in various sectors.

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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