Climate Change Challenges on CO₂ Emission Reduction for Developing Countries: A Case for Malaysia’s Agenda for Action

By Yow Peng Leong, Siti Indati Mustapa and Amir Hisham Hashim.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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At the international and national level, concerns for global warming have become a key concern for sustainable development to preserve our planet. Developing countries are increasingly striving to achieve industrialised status and encounters tremendous challenges along the way in coping with rising economic, population and energy growth demands resulting in increasing green house gas (GHG) emissions. At COP15, Malaysia made a voluntary commitment of up to 40% reduction in emissions intensity of GDP by 2020 as compared to 2005 levels subject to availability of technology and finance. This paper presents a comprehensive overview on the challenges facing developing countries on CO2 emission reduction using Malaysia as the context of the study. It covers an assessment of current energy demand and supply patterns, resultant GHG emissions, review of potential mitigation and adaptation options based on experiences from developed countries incorporating new technologies, measures and instruments from the demand and supply side perspective. It concludes with a discussion on the major challenges on energy policy instruments and mechanisms and the key agenda for action on climate change abatement.

Keywords: Carbon Dioxide (CO₂) Reduction, Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.9-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.124MB).

Dr. Yow Peng Leong

Principal Lecturer, Head of Energy Policy, Institute of Energy Policy and Research, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Leong Yow Peng is currently a Principal Lecturer at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and as Head of Energy Policy at the Institute of Energy Policy and Research, UNITEN. He holds a PhD (Marketing) from Warwick Business School, UK; MBA from University of Ohio-Athens and B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from University of Missouri-Columbia, US. Professionally, he is a member of the Board of Engineers Malaysia and Institute of Marketing Malaysia. Besides teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at UNITEN, he has vast industry experience with Tenaga Nasional spanning more than 30 years within the realm of Utility Business, Marketing, Customer Service and Customer Relationship Management. Current Research, Teaching and Consultancy Interests: Energy Policy; Energy Economics; Energy Security; Energy and Environment; Relationship Marketing; Customer Relationship Management (CRM); Customer Retention & Acquisition; Marketing Management & Strategy; Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); Customer Satisfaction & Loyalty; and Corporate Reputation.

Siti Indati Mustapa

Senior Lecturer, Head of Energy Environment, Institute of Energy Policy and Research, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Ms Siti Indati Mustapa is the Senior Lecturer at Universiti Tenaga Nasional and as the Head of Energy Environment, Institute of Energy Policy and Research. She graduated with a MSc in Computer Science, 2004 from University Putra Malaysia. She has vast exoerience in energy and policy research management, energy modelling, and data management. Current research interest: Energy Policy; Energy Economics; Energy Security; Energy and Environment.

Assoc. Prof. Amir Hisham Hashim

Associate Professor, Director, Institute of Energy Policy and Research, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Associate Professor Dr. Amir Hisham Hashim is the Director for Institute of Energy Policy and Research, Universiti Tenaga Nasional. He graduated with PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He has vast experience in the utility, expertise and knowledge with particular emphasis on the UK electricity market environment,Techno-Economic and Decision Analysis, Risk Assessment of System Operation with Real Time Markets, Genetic Algorithm Based Optimisation of Operating Reserve Portfolio in Electricity Markets, and Project Management of Solar Vehicle Development Current research interests: Energy Policy; Energy Economics; Energy Security; Energy and Environment.

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