MGA Advocates Natural Gas at IFGE 2021

30 November 2021

On 30th November 2021, MGA advocated the role of natural gas in energy transition at the International Forum on Global Energy Landscape (IGFE 2021): Global Energy Transition Towards Carbon Neutrality organised by University of Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and Institute of Energy Policy and Research (IEPRe). IFGE 2021 captured dynamic discussions by energy professionals and stakeholders from energy industry on a wide range of issues on the global energy transition towards carbon neutrality.

The hybrid IFGE 2021, officiated by Datuk Seri Takiyudin bin Hasan, Minister of Energy & Natural Resources (KeTSA), began with keynote presentation by Prof. Dr. Ken Koyama, Chair of Energy Economics of Energy Commission at UNITEN and followed by the welcome remarks by Vice Chancellor of UNITEN, Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Kamal Nasharuddin Mustapha.


Representing MGA in Plenary Session 2: Way Forward for Malaysia to Achieve Carbon Neutrality, Rosman Hamzah, Secretary General of MGA, delivered a speech on the important role that natural gas plays in a just and pragmatic clean energy transition towards a low carbon economy. Rosman emphasized that the growth of Malaysia’s socio-economic for the past decades has been driven by natural gas as an important source of indigenous energy for the country.

He then reaffirmed that natural gas is also expected to play the long term role of providing energy access and security, and at the same time helping the nation meets its improved Greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 45% of GDP by 2030. In closing his speech, Rosman highlighted that natural gas will feature as an important fuel in the NEP as recently mentioned by Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Dept (Economy) at MyGAS 2021 opening session. NGR as key component to NEP will provide medium and long term direction for sustainable Malaysian gas industry.

Rosman later joined Professor Ir. Dr. Abd Halim Shamsuddin, AAIBE Chair for Renewable Energy, Thomas Spencer from IEA and Dr. Han Phoumin, from Economic Research Institute for ASEAN for a panel discussion session. Moderated by Abdul Razib Dawood, Chief Executive Officer of Energy Commission, the panel session deliberated deeper conversations on the important policy recommendations to the Malaysian energy stakeholders. The hybrid panel session were also featured fellow panelists from energy industry.