Here is Jakarta's Efforts to Face Climate Change
Reported by Wuri Setyaningsih | Translated by Nugroho Adibrata
The Jakarta Provincial Government together with United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC), European Union (EU), and Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change and Energy (GCoM) held a workshop at the Ayana Midplaza Hotel, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Karet Tengsin, Tanah Abang.
Currently, various parties have collaborated in mitigating climate change
The activity entitled 'Moving Towards Implementation: Alternative Opportunities for City-Level Climate Action' was attended by 23 city and district governments in Indonesia who are members of the GCom platform. Among them were Jakarta, Manado, Ambon, Balik Papan, Banda Aceh, Jayapura, Denpasar, Bontang, Probolinggo, Salatiga, Sawahlunto, Sukabumi, and Tanggerang.
Jakarta Regional Cooperation Bureau (KSD) Head, Marulina Dewi Mutiara said through this workshop, the Jakarta Government was trying to overcome climate change. One of them was through a series of Ketetuaan ASEAN in the Meeting of Governors and Mayors of ASEAN Capitals (MGMAC) and the ASEAN Mayors forum.LRT Jabodebek Operates, Heru Hopes People Switch to Public Transportation
"There are lots of discussions on urban issues that need to be grounded internationally in cities," she expressed, Wednesday (8/30).
According to her, the theme taken was important and aligned with Jakarta's efforts to fight the effects of climate change since joining the GCom platform in 2015.
"In 2021, we have issued Gubernatorial Regulation Number 90/2021 on Regional Low Carbon Development Plans that are Climate Resilient," she expressed.
She explained that the regulation has regulated efforts to reduce carbon emissions by building integrated public transportation.
"Currently, various parties have collaborated in mitigating climate change in the field of transportation involving national organizations and multilateral development bank financing," she explained.
According to her, the cooperation was important to support the reduction of greenhouse gases which Jakarta has an ambitious target of 30 percent in 2030 and zero emissions in 2050.
"In this workshop, there are two items related to climate action innovation and alternative funding. Climate action is a topic that is peeled off. This is especially relevant for those of us who have less than three decades to achieve zero emissions," she explained.
She also prompted other regional governments to jointly carry out collective action to achieve low-carbon and climate-resilient development.
Jakarta has also committed to contribute to the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which includes reducing emissions by 31.89 percent with its efforts and 43.2 percent with international support in 2030.
“In the future, we will focus on five things. First, energy efficiency. Second, new renewable energy. Third, the replacement of environmentally friendly fuel. The fourth is the transition towards dominating the use of public transportation and the fifth is the equalization of pedestrians and cyclists," she added.
Jakarta Environment Agency (LH) Head, Asep Kuswanto uttered the cause of pollution due to climate change. Therefore, mitigation action and adaptation to climate change were the main focus.
"By so, we formulate actions how we dominate public transportation more and in line with efforts to reduce pollution. More prioritizing pedestrians and the use of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly means of transportation," he continued.
He added other actions by mitigating combustion energy from power plants without using coal, energy use from the transportation sector, buildings, and Public Street Lighting (PJU).
"Hopefully, this effort can reduce the impact," he stated.