SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES [SUDI]
a THINK TANK of
the Centre for Environment, Technology & Development, Malaysia (CETDEM)
There is no independent ‘think tank’ in Malaysia that focuses specifically on sustainable development issues. The ongoing global environmental crisis would affect all aspects of our lives and meeting these challenges will determine our future in ways that we can hardly imagine. Climate change will affect our food security as agriculture becomes more vulnerable to more severe floods and droughts and crop failures become more common. Together with the rising cost of petroleum as a result of scarcity of this crucial resource for industrial scale agriculture, food security is a very real threat in the coming years.
There is a huge information gap as the stakeholders, such as the government, corporations and the public, grapple to know the real environmental impact and ramifications of (say) rising energy prices on climate change, the long-term impact of the country’s high dependence on fossil fuels in the transport sector, just to name a few.
- To facilitate the success of a comprehensive green development policy.
- Provide government, energy-related companies, media, and other stakeholders an independent assessment of the energy & sustainable development-related issues, challenges and how the problems can be addressed.
- Promote the use of genuine green technology as one of the ways to make the transition to sustainable industrial development
- Provide an alternative/independent view of the issues/concerns of the day
- Act as an independent monitoring and assessment vehicle of government programmes and projects of public interest
- Ensure that sustainable development-related information will be accessible to a wider spectrum of people and organizations
- Promote private sector partnership
- Provide fora for inter-sectoral and multi- stakeholder dialogues
- Strengthen the information and data base in CETDEM with a view to sharing them with other stakeholders
- Promote regional partnerships with like-minded organizations
- Serve as an effective forum to discuss sustainable development issues
The following are the areas SUDI can assist in achieving sustainability:
- Low-carbon development options
- A more concerted and strategic approach to Green Technologies
- Intensify Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Efforts especially in the industrial and transport sectors
- Sustainable energy paths in the transport sector
- Reduce the adverse environmental impacts of development
- Increase natural resource productivity as a means of combating natural resource depletion
- Ensure that Malaysia makes the transition to sustainable development with the minimal ecological and human costs