Sarawak Energy’s Commitment to Sustainable Energy
Sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present and future generations as well as balancing the need for development with environmental protection. It has a unique role in Sarawak Energy’s business operations, encompassing environmental, economic, and social dimensions under the overall framework of sustainable development.
Sarawak Energy’s vision is to sustain and grow its business while reducing its environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact via innovation. The company strives to integrate a robust sustainability agenda into the heart of its corporate strategy, in line with the belief that appropriate management of sustainability issues is critical in realising its vision.
Sarawak Energy is the primary producer of electricity in Sarawak to meet the needs of more than 2.6 million people in the state. While ensuring safe, secure, and sustainable energy supply to the state, the company also exports to Kalimantan. Sarawak Energy has the distinction of being the only energy producer in ASEAN with more than 75% of its energy mix from a renewable source—hydro—and hence, is in a position to lead in the development of renewable and sustainable energy to realise its vision of becoming an ASEAN powerhouse.
Our approach to sustainability is founded on a firm conviction that we should preserve and enhance the environment in which we operate, as well as the lifestyle and living standard of the communities we serve. We became a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Community since June 2016, a group of leading international organisations that help shape the future of sustainability. Our inclusion will help us benchmark our sustainability practices and benefit from knowledge sharing and collaboration.
SUSTAINABLE HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION
The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) is a globally recognised framework for assessing hydropower projects against a comprehensive range of social, environmental, technical and economic considerations. The protocol was developed by representatives from governments, commercial and development banks, social and environmental NGOs, and the hydropower sector.
We have adopted the HSAP, and in 2014 established an internal HSAP governing structure to intensify our efforts to incorporate sustainability into our hydropower development and operation processes. This is essential to ensuring our hydropower development and operations support our sustainability agenda.
THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK MALAYSIA AND BRUNEI (UNGCMYB)
UNGCMY&B champions corporate sustainability that drives corporate sectors action to forge a more sustainable future, grounded in the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Through various programmes, tools, and partnerships, UNGCMY&B advances the stewardship of sustainable business practices and the country’s national agenda of becoming a regional sustainable business hub.
Sarawak Energy is represented on its board of directors since 2017.
Sarawak Energy is focused on the development and implementation of sustainability strategies into our long-term business goals.
Member of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) since 2011 (Platinum member since 2014). Our Group Chief Executive Officer, Datu Sharbini Suhaili, is an elected board member of the IHA.
GRI community of the Global Reporting Initiative since 2016.