Introductory Remarks of President of the Republic of Indonesia During Limited Meeting on Air Quality Improvement in Greater Jakarta Area, at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, August 14, 2023

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 14 Agustus 2023
Category: Introductory Remarks
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Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

In today’s Limited Meeting, we will discuss the air quality in the Greater Jakarta area. Over the past week, the air quality in Greater Jakarta has been very poor. On August 13, 2023, the air quality index in Jakarta hit 156, categorized as ‘Unhealthy’.

Several factors have contributed to this situation, including the prolonged drought over the last three months leading to a rise in high pollutant concentrations, emissions from transportation, and industrial activities in Greater Jakarta, especially those using coal in the manufacturing sector.

I have some notes that need the attention of all relevant ministries and institutions. Firstly, in the short term, immediate interventions are needed to improve the air quality in Greater Jakarta. Weather engineering to induce rain in the Greater Jakarta area, along with implementing regulations to expedite the adoption of Euro 5 and Euro 6 emission standards, particularly in Greater Jakarta. Increasing green open spaces is also important, though this would require budget allocation. Prepare the budget. If necessary, we should courageously encourage many offices to adopt hybrid working: work from office, work from home, whether it’s a 75:25 ratio or another figure; it can be discussed later in this Limited Meeting.

Secondly, in the medium term, consistent implementation of policies to reduce fossil fuel-based vehicle usage and a swift transition to public transportation. I believe the Light Rail Transit (LRT) will be in operation this month, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is already in operation, and next month the High-Speed Train will also be in operation, alongside accelerating the government-supported electrification of public vehicles.

Thirdly, in the long term, strengthening climate change mitigation and adaptation actions require oversight of the industrial sector and power plants, especially in the Greater Jakarta.

Lastly, educating the public on a broad scale is essential.

That concludes my introductory remarks in this opening statement. Please, Pak Coordinating Minister.


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