Malaysia looks to hydrogen to reduce greenhouse gases by 45% but is it just all talk?
CY Foong · Jul 28, 2021 11:20 AM
As nations around the world try to implement solutions to reduce their respective greenhouse gases, one of those solutions is to rely on hydrogen. Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said that the hydrogen economy can reduce the country’s greenhouse gases by 45% by 2030.
He said that as a signatory to the Paris Agreement, Malaysia is committed to achieving its target to reduce carbon emissions.
Tuan Ibrahim was officiating the virtual “International Hydrogen Economy Forum and Strategic Lab” which was organised to identify hydrogen technology initiatives and create more opportunities for green investments.
The hydrogen economy relies on hydrogen as a commercial field that would deliver a substantial fraction of a nation’s energy and services. This replaces conventional fuels that cause environmental pollution like petrol and diesel.
The minister added that the Ministry of Environment and Water welcomes strategic cooperation and investments from any party, public or private, as well as regulatory bodies in the pursuit of the hydrogen economy.
While the idea for hydrogen-powered cars entering the Malaysian market sounds enticing, Malaysia’s initiatives for green energy are somewhat mixed.
The Malaysian EV Owners' Club (MyEVOC) pointed out on Twitter that back in 2016, Malaysia announced plans to set up 125,000 charging stations by 2020 to promote electric vehicles. In reality, fewer than 500 charging stations were built till today and at least 12 are fast-charging DC chargers.
What Malaysia is lacking compared to our neighbours is commitment. As the saying goes, “Talk is cheap”, we can go on and harp around on our intentions but rarely do we actually implement it. It is understandable that these plans and roadmaps would take far longer than the expected timeline but just look at our EV plans from 5 years ago.