2018 marks the 4th International Sustainable Energy Summit (ISES) organized by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water (KeTTHA) and the State of Sarawak namely; the Ministry of Utilities Sarawak, State Planning Unit Sarawak and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB).
The ISES is a biennial event mooted in partial of Strategic Thrust 5 of the National Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan. Strategic 5 encompasses promotional and awareness building on renewable energy.
Globally, I observed that there is a strong trend in several renewable energy events with regards to our unified concern on the future of energy. This is not a surprise given the urgency of the climate agenda. Some studies have shown that we have consumed over 60% of our global carbon budget and have not more than 10 years to reach carbon neutrality. Admittedly, the energy sector is one of the largest culprits contributing to nearly 80% of the annual CO2 emission. SEDA Malaysia has been tasked to spearhead sustainable energy agenda in the country whereby both renewable energy and energy efficiency are significant climate mitigation measures. Additionally, the greater deployment of renewable energy can contribute to greater national energy security.
The topic of interest is largely on the future of energy. Globally and in SEDA Malaysia, we firmly believe the future of energy is in sustainable energy. To us, the future is here. It is up to us to shape the energy sector. Specifically, we believed that the future energy will be framed by the 6Ds: decentralized, distributed, deregulated, democratized, decarbonized and digitized. It is within this very framework that the topics of this summit will be based upon. This coming summit is special because we will have deep dive workshops (DDWs) and plenary sessions. This summit will introduce blockchain technologies as a possible digital platform to advance the sustainable energy agenda.
Even more importantly, for the first time in the history of ISES, we will be co-hosting the summit together with the Sarawak State Government. Sarawak is my home state, exemplary in high renewable energy in their energy mix. It is a delight that the Honourable Chief Minister of Sarawak has granted his full support to have the summit in Kuching, Sarawak. Against this backdrop, I would like to remind that the ISES platform is intended to spawn fresh ideas and lessons learned among thought leaders from various nations so the learning curve on future energy can be greatly reduced. Admittedly there are many issues to address in order for a nation to truly upscale sustainable energy agenda. I look forward to your participation at the 4th ISES 2018.
At this juncture, I wish to thank the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, the Sarawak State Government, esteemed speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, endorsers, media partners and my SEDA Malaysia team who have committed their resources in furtherance of the sustainable energy agenda in Malaysia.