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Dewan Atria Simpur, Public Works Department, 6th October – The Brunei Darussalam National Council on Climate Change (BNCC) launched the nation’s first climate change policy, the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP) on July 25.

 

An Operational Document Task Force (ODTF) has been set up to produce a detailed Operational Document to operationalize the BNCCP, which aims to pave the country’s low carbon and climate-resilient pathways for a sustainable nation.

 

The ODFTF workshop on BNCCP Strategy 7 on Waste Management was held on the 6th and 7th of October, co-organised by the Ministry of Development through the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (DEPR) and the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat. The 2-day workshop was officiated by Yang Mulia Dato Seri Paduka Ar. Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, Deputy Minister of Development. This will be the final series of the ODTF workshop that has been carried out since August 31.

 

The workshop was co-facilitated by both co-lead agencies and external co-facilitator from the Petroleum Authority. Participants comprised of sixty eight representatives from relevant stakeholders including government agencies, private sectors, academic institutions, non-government organisations (NGOs), and associations to formulate the Operational Document to reduce greenhouse gas contribution and reduce waste to 1 kg per person per day, mainly methane (CH4) gas emissions by minimizing the amount of waste that needs to be disposed of through waste minimization, adoption of best practices and innovative technologies.

 

The objective of the workshop is to seek and gather inputs from relevant stakeholders in developing an action plan that would enable the operationalization of the 3 key strategic objectives of Strategy 7, namely: i) Promote and implement waste minimization through 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) to reduce the amount of municipal solid waste and industrial waste going into landfills, ii) Pursue and adopt waste-to-energy technologies options to minimize land take and reduce volume of waste that needs to be disposed, and iii) increase public education and awareness to the general public by promoting and enhancing their participation in 3R-related initiatives and programmes.

 

The ODTF was established to formulate a strategically coordinated, comprehensive and coherent roadmap, that includes a detailed long-term action plan, key enablers, timeline, detailed KPIs, as well as monitoring and reporting mechanisms to achieve effective implementation of the 10 BNCCP strategies which are Industrial Emissions, Forest Cover, Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy, Power Management, Carbon Pricing, Waste Management, Climate Resilience and Adaptation, Carbon Inventory, and Awareness
and Education.

 

The first draft of the BNCCP Operation Document is expected to be finalised by the end of October, to be reported to the Brunei Darussalam National Council on Climate Change.

 

Also present during the workshop were Yang Berhormat Dayang Khairunnisa bte Awang Haji Ash’ari, member of the Legislative Council (LegCo), and Dr. Nor Imtihan Binti Haji Abdul Razak, Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land use and Environment) of the Ministry of Development.

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