Indonesia, Norway Extend Cooperation on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Date 6 Juli 2020
Indonesia and Norway will extend cooperation on reducing greenhouse gas emissions until 2030, Minister of the Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar has said.
The Minister said that payment for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and plan for regulating carbon economic values (carbon pricing) will be drafted in the form of Presidential Regulation (Perpres).
“The cooperation between Indonesia and Norway has been carried out since 26 May 2010. The President’s directive is to extend (the cooperation),” the Minister said after attending Limited Cabinet Meeting at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Monday (6/7).
She went on to say that the cooperation takes into account the Paris Agreement and other factors. The goal, she added, is 29% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 and/or 41% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 with the support of foreign technical cooperation.
According to the Minister, the agreement has become an example for other countries in the context of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
The Minister further said that Indonesia has achieved progress, including the President’s policy on peatlands management and forest conversion moratorium. The President has issued regulation on forest conversion moratorium in 2011. In 2019, the Minister added, the President has agreed on permanent ban on primary forest and peat land conversion.
The Government, according to the Minister, is also working hard to deal with forest and land fires, reduce deforestation, and enforce law.
“We have wind power in Sulawesi, we have started electromobility, and we have B30 biodiesel that will be developed to become B50. The President has instructed us to develop it to B80 or, if possible, to B100,” she said, adding that Indonesia has developed systems to control greenhouse gas emissions.
“There was a joint consultation group meeting between Indonesia and Norway, on 2 July, which was chaired by Deputy Minister of the Environment and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from Indonesia and the Ambassador of Norway in Jakarta and Special Staff to Minister of Climate and the Environment of Norway,” the Minister said.
Indonesia, according to the Minister, is committed to contributing to the reduction of world greenhouse gas emissions, in line with Article 28H of its Constitution which affirms that every citizen has rights to live in a clean environment.
Regarding carbon trading regulation, the Minister said that the process is underway at Cabinet Secretariat and Ministry of State Secretariat, before being submitted to Ministry of Law and Human Rights.
“The goal is to ensure that we achieve the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions or the National Determined Contribution (NDC),” the Minister said. (TGH/EN)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Reviewed by: Yuyu Mulyani