Sarawak Energy’s virtual event on Monday.

KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) reached a milestone when it became the first corporation in Malaysia to commit to the ‘Business Action for 1.5°Celsius’ pledge under the United Nations Global Compact.

SEB group chief executive officer Datuk Sharbini Suhaili said the company hoped to raise awareness on sustainability and educate its 5,200 strong work force on how to internalise the sustainability mindset and culture across the organisation.

“As the world progresses towards building a more sustainable energy future, we aim for Sarawak Energy to be a leader at national and regional level through our role as a renewable hydropower developer and sustainability champion.

“We are aligned with the 17 United Nations Sustainability Development Goals 2030 (UNSDGs), and prioritise six of them in our business and operations,” he said in his address at a virtual event which was attended by almost 700 on Monday (June 29).

In a statement on Thursday (July 2), SEB said the announcement of the pledge was witnessed by United Nations Global Compact global operations senior manager Neha Das and Global Compact Network Malaysia executive director Faroze Nadar.

By signing the pledge, SEB has committed to set a science-based emission reduction target across relevant scopes, in line with the Paris Agreement to pursue efforts to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by 2030.

With the pledge, the company also launched its “Sustainability & Sarawak Energy”, a six-month staff campaign to build a common understanding of sustainability for its staff.

Earlier, SEB Corporate Services senior vice-president Siti Aisah Adenan said the company was focused on efforts to integrate a robust sustainability agenda into its business and operations.

“This campaign aims to create a platform of awareness and discussion of our sustainability efforts within Sarawak Energy and also to build our position as a leading proponent of sustainability in Sarawak,” she said.

In conjunction with the pledge and the campaign, SEB also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) virtually with Global Compact Network Malaysia to focus on promoting and achieving the UNSDGs.

Under the MoU signed by Siti Aisah and Faroze, the two companies would collaborate on accelerating sustainable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges which include climate change, inequality and closing the financial gap.