National Environment Conference “Conserving our Resources for a Sustainable Future”
The Honourable Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Development
Snippets of Yang Berhormat Pehin Yahya’s Opening Address:
While sustainable development has long been one Brunei Darussalam’s stated goals, the current state of our environment appear to indicate sustainability, but on a per capita basis, what we generate to the environment present a different reality that the Bruneian lifestyle habits may not fully fit into the sustainable development context.
Consider these facts:
- Energy Consumption: Brunei’s energy consumption per capita is 8,842 kw hr/person, surpassing that of developed countries like Japan [8,459 kw hr/person], Germany [7,444 kw hr/person] and France [8, 231 kw hr/person]
- Solid Waste Generation: Brunei generates 1.4kg of solid waste per person/day. Most ASEAN countries generate about 1kg or less of solid waste per person/day.
- CO2 Emission: Brunei generates about 15.5 tons per capita per year. This is higher than what Annex 1 or developed countries generate. Germany generates 9.9 metric tonnes, the UK 9.1 metric tonnes, Japan 9.7 metric tonnes and Malaysia generate 7.1 metric tonnes.
- Water: Brunei uses 450 litres of water per person per day. This figure is twice that of Malaysia and thrice that of Singapore.
These figures are alarming for such as small county like ours. Therefore, the deterioration of our environment remains an issue in Brunei. The challenges are the, but so are the tools for us to overcome them.
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