The Environmental Education Tour Project to Tenaga Suria Brunei was co-organised by the Ministry of Energy and Green Brunei, in collaboration with Mitsubishi Corporation. The tour is supported by the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat, Ministry of Development; Department of Electrical Services, Ministry of Energy; Department of Co-Curriculum Education, Ministry of Education and the Science, Technology and Environment Partnership (STEP) Centre, Ministry of Education.
This tour is part of a multi-sectoral educational awareness programme to support the national climate change mitigation plans under the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP). It aims to integrate education as an important tool to raise awareness on climate change, renewable energy and electric vehicle under BNCCP Strategies.
There are three main components of the project:
- Visit to Tenaga Suria Brunei, Seria
- Production of educational book and video
- Art and Video Competitions
During the tour, the participants were briefed on the operations and maintenance of the solar power plant to help instil awareness on the adaptation of clean energy resources. There was a demonstration of Mitsubishi Corporation owned i-MiEV electric vehicle (EV) and the Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The visitors also went to the control room and visited the solar panels and had a better understanding of the six types of solar panels used on the project site.
In addition to the tour, educational book and video were also produced by the agencies to provide better understanding about climate change and renewable energy. To further stimulate awareness on climate change, art and video competitions were also held in October.
This is in line with Ministry of Energy’s strategic plan, which is to increase the widespread use of renewable energy technologies through public awareness and education. The project is also part of the multi-sectoral initiatives supporting the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP) on three key strategies; Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy and Awareness and Education.
The project is also a part of Mitsubishi Corporation’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative in support of Brunei Darussalam’s sustainable development efforts through the introduction and utilization of new, alternative and renewable energy.