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Workshop on Energy Transition in the Region: Malaysia and Australia's Collaborative Potential

Updated: Apr 29

Bait Al Amanah and the Australian High Commission of Malaysia have organised a workshop on the collaborative potential between Malaysia and Australia to lead efforts for energy transition in the Asia Pacific.


This event took place on the 9th of November 2023. The discussion gathered a group of 4 session leaders, from both Malaysia and Australia, and discussants from a wide range of backgrounds such as the private sector, consulting firms, research institutes and academia, the media, activism and politics, and the civil services.


Ms. Clare Gatehouse, then Acting Deputy Head of the Australian High Commission, delivered the welcoming remarks. The workshop then kicked off with a keynote address by Mr. David Woods, Chief Economist of the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), on Australia’s renewable energy transition journey.


As with Bait Al Amanah’s previous workshop in collaboration with the Australian High Commission, participants’ thoughts and questions were given centre stage during a moderated general discussion among the attendees. Mr. Dhana Raj Markandu, Senior Analyst at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, facilitated a question-led conversation on the contrasts between policy-planning and policy implementation, and on navigating the challenges of making sustainable policies a workable reality in Malaysia. This session demonstrated the rich versatility of viewpoints among Malaysians involved in sustainability-directed pursuits in Malaysia, whether they hail from grassroots, government, or industry.


Mr. Nam Le, the Energy Lead of Australia’s Partnerships 4 Infrastructure (P4I), then led a discussion of government-to-government (G2G) efforts between Malaysia and Australia in the road to energy transition. Finally, Ms. Aisha Daniyal, Executive Secretary of the Zero Emissions Vehicle Association (ZEVA) Malaysia, introduced the final discussion topic of the day, on the infrastructure, adoption, and environmental impact of the spread of electric vehicles (EVs) in the Asia Pacific region.


Before the end of the workshop, Dr. Abdul Razak Ahmad, Founding Director of Bait Al Amanah, shared his closing remarks and some final reflections on the state of the pursuit of sustainability in the Asia Pacific, as well as the potential that Malaysia and Australia have to reach significant milestones in the journey.

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