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Cover Story: Charting a net-zero pathway for Malaysia

Globally, governments and businesses are pursuing their own paths to achieve their net-zero goals. Many countries aim to reach net zero by 2050, including Malaysia.

But here’s a problem: details on many of these plans are scarce. This was highlighted in the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) report last October, which described current net-zero promises as “vague” and inconsistent with most 2030 national climate commitments.

In addition, the non-profit Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit, which supports informed debate on energy and climate change issues in the UK, assessed net-zero targets of 4,000 countries, cities and companies last year. It found that only 20% meet the minimum criteria for robustness set out by the United Nations’ Race to Zero Campaign. The use of carbon offsets without firm conditions and lack of specifics on short-term actions were major problems.


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