Brunei Darussalam is actively implementing several measures in its efforts to create a green economy and introduce energy saving measures for sustainable development.

This was highlighted by Kim Hon Bangau, Acting Director at the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) in her capacity as the head of delegation for Brunei Darussalam, in her welcoming remark during the opening of the 4th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Environment Cluster Meeting.

Hosted by Brunei Darussalam for the first time, the meeting is held at the Bertabur Hall of the Ministry of Development. Among the measures that have been undertaken by the Sultanate include the launching of the green building initiative, the introduction of environmental impact assessment and research to collect statistical data for the public to help them take informed decisions.

Kim Hon Bangau also highlighted the initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Development and the departments under it, particularly the Public Works Department, in its efforts to implement the green economy and energy saving measures.

The implementation of these initiatives, she said, will take Brunei towards sustainable development. She said that Brunei Darussalam is taking effective measures towards protecting its environment from various pressures such as air and water pollution, impact of urbanisation, global warming and others.

The government is fully committed to the concept of sustainable development as central to socio-economic development and has included it in its National Development Plan (NDP).

Also speaking during the event was Datuk Yabi bin Yangkat, Chairman of the Environment Cluster, who emphasised that the meeting will be reporting on the progress of project implementation by each member country. A workshop on ‘Charting the Post-2016 Environment Sector Roadmap’ will also be conducted.

“It is my hope that at the end of the workshop, a clear and practical guidance and direction could be laid out for the Environment Cluster to follow through, besides a fruitful decision in the meeting to ensure that we move forward steadily and efficiently in managing our sub-regional environment in a holistic manner, for the sake of our future generations through implementation of our environment-related programmes,” he added.

The 4th Cluster Meeting will discuss on the review and update of project implementation of the Environment 2015/2016 Rolling Pipeline Projects under the framework of the BIMP-EAGA Implementation Blueprint.

The two-day meeting is attended by BIMP-EAGA representatives from Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Brunei as well as senior officers and staff members from the Ministry of Development and JASTRe.