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Malaysia aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050

28 Sep 2021

The Malaysian Prime Minister has presented the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) to the Parliament’s lower house, charting the country’s economic focus form 2021 until 2025. The country pledged to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 at the earliest. The authorities, to support this effort, will introduce a carbon tax. In addition, the government pledged to no longer build new coal-fired power plant.

In addition, Malaysia has renewed its commitment to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity of GDP by 45% by 2030 compared to 2005 level, as announced in its updated Nationally Determined Contribution. In 2020, Malaysia’s CO2 intensity to GDP (in constant US$) was 20% lower than in 2005. The country also aims to reach 31% of renewables in its installed capacity by 2025 and 40% by 2035. The installed renewable capacity (including hydropower) is expected to more than double, from nearly 8 GW in 2020 (around 20% of the installed capacity) to 18 GW by 2035.

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