Govt. to allocate 4.1% of state budget on climate change: parliament

Jakarta – As a form of commitment to tackle climate change, the government allocates 4.1 percent of the state budget (APBN), parliamentarians said Tuesday (18/10). The budget is allocated to finance emission reduction programs.

“The Indonesian government has submitted an enhanced NDC to increase the emission reduction target from 29 percent to 31.89 percent through its own resources and capabilities, or 43.2 percent with international assistance,” said Deputy Chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSAP) DPR RI Putu Supadma Rudana in an official statement at the Standing Committee on Sustainable Developments, during the 145th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) session in Kigali, Rwanda.

Last July, he said, the government had also submitted a long-term strategy for ‘Low-Carbon and Climate Resilience 2050’ (LTS-LCCR 2050) to the secretariat of The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The enhanced NDC document was submitted last September.

Rudana said, Indonesia is a “super power country” in tackling climate change, thus encouraging the world to prepare a “Climate Fund” of 100 billion USD to tackle climate change. He also said the emission reduction target in the forest use and land use (Folu) sector is estimated to reach almost 60 percent of the total target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“In general, Indonesia is committed and pays special attention to programs to overcome the loss of biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, decreased sea water quality, deforestation, pollution, waste, and food insecurity as well as security and accessibility to clean water,” said Rudana. The politician from Bali explained that Indonesia has started implementing green energy policies, such as accelerating the use of electric vehicles and developing B40 fuel which contains 40 percent palm oil biofuel and 60 percent diesel fuel.

Rudana said Indonesia is the fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world and the largest contributor to forest-based emissions, but has the third largest stretch of tropical rainforest in the world. Therefore, he emphasised that Indonesia has an important role to become a super power country in tackling climate change.

“Indonesia is able to significantly reduce emissions and deforestation. However, it still needs international support and contributions and the forestry sector has contributed 60 percent in achieving the net-zero emission target,” he said. (Hartatik)

Banner photo: Deputy Chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSAP) DPR RI Putu Supadma Rudana (Source: DPR RI Youtube channel)

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