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Malaysia strengthens climate commitment with formation of a new Ministry – GreenTech Malaysia and GIZ will train government officials in mainstreaming climate change in transport policies.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – On 19th October 2018, the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia) under the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) and GIZ signed a cooperation agreement to join forces in the training of government officials on the assessment and monitoring of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. The ceremony was witnessed by the Minister of MESTECC, Yeo Bee Yin, at the 9th International Greentech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) 2018.

Newly appointed minister Yeo has announced to strengthen the country’s commitment to the Paris Agreement and institutionalize climate policy, reflected also in the new name of the Ministry. She repeatedly pronounced the need to improve carbon accounting and data quality, to make sound climate change mitigation and adaption plans. A need that is addressed by the joint GreenTech-GIZ cooperation.

With the signing of the agreement GreenTech Malaysia and GIZ agree to jointly implement the training course Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) for Sustainable Transport that TCC had designed during the last year with the objective to enable government officials and transport professionals in the ASEAN region to assess and compare the climate impact of different transport policies in order to allow them to make informed policy decisions. The course teaches the relevance of considering climate change in transport policies, what data is needed and how it is collected. It further shows participants how to calculate GHG emissions and how to manage and analyse the data.

 The trainings will be offered to the Ministry of Transport (MoT), Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) and other relevant government agencies including local governments, as well as the academia, NGOs and the private sectors. The first pilot MRV Training for Sustainable Transport in Malaysia is scheduled in the last week of November 2018.

GreenTech Malaysia was selected as a partner, as the institution focusses on human capital development and actively provides training services as part of its initiative to boost the growth of green technology experts in Malaysia. GreenTech Malaysia is also the agency that supports in preparing GHG emission inventories for the energy and transport sectors, and for reporting for the biennial reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). GreenTech is also the agency spearheading the green technology for green growth & sustainability in Malaysia, in line with the Green Technology Master Plan (GTMP 2017-2030).