Sustainable Development Governance of the Energy Sector in Malaysia

14 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2017  

Marcus Lee

Northumbria University - Northumbria Law School

Date Written: September 30, 2016


The subject of this paper is about sustainable development governance, with a particular focus on the Malaysian energy sector. This paper starts by delving into how sustainable development is defined and perceived. The paper also discusses whether sustainable development is now ready to be considered a principle of law or whether it remains a concept. The link between sustainable development and governance, in particular how governance contributes to the objectives of sustainable development is explored subsequent to the themes above. Following a discussion exploring key principles, themes and concepts, a brief country profile is given to cast a picture of the stage of growth Malaysia is in and explain Malaysia’s development. The energy sector is also then discussed along with the challenges of the key renewable energy sources utilised in Malaysia. The penultimate discussion involves Malaysia’s strategy for the energy sector, including how it relates to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Malaysia’s Sustainable Consumption and Production initiative, which is part of Malaysia’s strategy for the energy sector, is also given focus. Rounding off the considerations made in this paper is an evaluation of possible theoretical approaches that give a framework view and understanding of how Malaysia may address its sustainable development challenges of the energy sector.

Keywords: Ecological Sustainability, Governance, Malaysia, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development

Suggested Citation

Lee, Marcus, Sustainable Development Governance of the Energy Sector in Malaysia (September 30, 2016). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 09, No. 09, pp. 57-70, 2016. Available at SSRN:

Marcus Lee (Contact Author)

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