Cambodia and Japan signed a joint agreement Friday to work toward lowering carbon emissions in Cambodia with the help of Japanese technology.
Speaking at a ceremony in Phnom Penh, Environment Minister Say Sam Al said that the government recently renewed its commitment to a greener economy as part of its 2014 to 2018 strategic development plan.
He said the countries’ “joint crediting mechanism” will help finance “biogas digesters, sustainable transport, lighting, energy efficiency in buildings and micro-hydropower plants, which we should promote under this partnership.”
He said the Phnom Penh Water Authority already has started using solar-powered water pumps. Other energy producers are now burning rice husks to generate electricity.
Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Yuki Kumamaru said he hoped such initiatives will help Cambodia produce more renewable energy.
“We are hopeful that Japanese technology will be utilized,” he said.