Govt optimistic of reaching net zero emissions by 2060 or earlier

The country is optimistic of reaching a net zero emissions target by 2060 or sooner, a senior minister said, after the government submitted updated nationally determined climate goals to the United Nations.

The new net zero emissions target was at least a decade earlier than the 2070 target, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said in March.

While Indonesia maintained its headline target to lower greenhouse gas emission by 41% by 2030 with international assistance, the country has updated its adaptation measures and included a new long-term strategy for low carbon development in the document filed to the UN last week.

Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan told a virtual seminar on Tuesday that he was optimistic that Indonesia, the world’s eighth-biggest greenhouse gas emitter, could reach net zero emissions within 50 years.

“I have no doubt. Previously we targeted 2070, but now we are aiming for 2060 or sooner after our deep discussion with John Kerry,” Luhut said, referring to the US climate envoy.In the energy sector, the government plans to stop using coal, oil and gas by 2060 and aims to have 85% of its energy needs from renewable sources and the rest from nuclear energy, according to a document Luhut presented at the seminar.Indonesia, the world’s top thermal coal exporter, currently sources 60% of its energy from coal.

Luhut said Indonesia was also looking into utilising energy storage and hydrogen fuel cell technology.

A mega hydropower plant in North Kalimantan is expected to start construction in October to support renewable energy contribution, Luhut added.

While Indonesia in 2020 had reduced deforestation to its lowest levels in the last decade, World Resources Institute Indonesia director Tjokorda Nirarta Samadhi said it should step up efforts to address the climate crisis.

“WRI recommends that Indonesia come forward before COP26 in November to commit to stop investing in new coal plants and reach zero deforestation by 2030, coupled with substantial reforestation,” he said in a statement.

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is scheduled to be held in Glasgow in November. — Reuters

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Aseanplus News

Asean News Headlines at 10 pm on Tuesday (Sept 28)
Singapore crosses the 2,000 mark of Covid-19 cases for the first time as five seniors die from virus complications
Bangkok on alert as floods worsen
Govt approves jabs for kids as young as 12
‘Climate action a joint burden’
HCM City reduces curbs
Solar power has its time in the sun
Indonesian parliament approves govt's 2022 budget as Covid-19 number are much lower - 2,057 new cases reported
It's getting better for Thailand as daily coronavirus cases sink to lowest numbers since July
Philippines: 13,846 new Covid-19 cases as total surges to 2,522,965; Duterte approves the vaccination for all including children

Stories You'll Enjoy