Press Statement on “MGA – Shell Malaysia Explore Scenarios On Climate Action”

12 August 2018, Kuala Lumpur – Exploring potential strategies to help the nation achieve its COP21 commitments, the Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) and Shell Malaysia recently co-hosted an industry talk on Shell’s Sky Scenario: Meeting the Goals of the Paris Agreement, in the presence of Yang Berhormat Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, with close to 100 industry leaders.

As the lead advocate for the nation’s natural gas industry, MGA represented by its President, Hazli Sham Kassim, shared the global stance on natural gas being a viable complementary fuel and a perfect partner to renewable energy, co-creating a sustainable future.

The Sky Scenario, which represents what Shell believes to be a technologically, industrially, and economically possible route for society to transform to a lower-carbon energy system achieving the temperature goal of the Paris Agreement, was presented by Dr. Cho-Oon Khong, Chief Political Analyst, Shell International.

Shell’s Sky Scenario relies on a complex combination of mutually reinforcing actions by society, markets and governments. It reveals the potential for an energy system to emerge that brings modern energy to all in the world, without delivering a climate legacy that society cannot readily adapt to.

Shell has been developing scenarios for almost 50 years, helping generations of Shell leaders, academics, governments and business leaders to consider possible pathways when making decisions. Sky joins two other scenarios in Shell’s New Lens Scenarios family: Mountains and Oceans.

Elaborating further on Shell’s latest energy-focused scenario, Datuk Iain Lo, Chairman of Shell Malaysia said, “Our Sky Scenario builds on earlier Shell scenarios publications and is our most optimistic scenario in terms of climate outcomes. Sky adopts an approach grounded in current economic and policy development mechanisms, but then progressively becomes ‘goal-driven’ to achieve society’s ambition for net-zero emissions by 2070. We hope this makes it both an ambitious scenario and a realistic tool to inform dialogue.”

Under the Sky Scenario, natural gas plays an important early role in supplanting coal in power generation and backing up renewable energy intermittency. Across the energy sector, natural gas has been identified to be a perfect partner to renewables, a view that was strongly echoed in the recent World Gas Conference (WGC2018) in Washington, DC.

Commenting on natural gas’ increasingly important role in facilitating a sustainable future, Hazli said, “As the voice of the industry, MGA has always spread awareness on the benefits of natural gas as a clean and efficient source of energy to support Malaysia’s social, environmental and economic progress”.

“As the cleanest fossil fuel and coupled with the flexibility provided by gas turbine technologies, natural gas will mitigate any intermittencies in renewable power generation, thus providing a long-term energy solution for a sustainable future. MGA believes that the government’s policy goals for sustainable energy can be achieved at significantly lower cost through integrating innovative gas solutions into the long-term energy mix,” he concluded.

During the industry talk, MGA presented its Malaysia: Natural Gas Annual Review 2017 Edition report to YB Yeo Bee Yin. The report provides a comprehensive overview of the country’s promising natural gas sector, prospects across the entire value chain, pricing variations, challenges and opportunities. For further information on the report, please visit

For more information on Shell’s SKY Scenario, please visit