November 07, 2014
Jakarta, Ekuatorial – A new report launched on Friday (7/11) by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate aiming to highlight Indonesia’s emissions target for reducing 26 percent by 2020 and 41 percent by 2020 with international help, in Jakarta.
Heru Prasetyo, head of REDD+ Agency, said that the report will be able to eliminate government’s dilemma for having to chose between economy and climate. Prasetyo added that the report, dubbed as New Climate Economy : Better Growth Better Climate, will underline messages to government and private sectors that economic growth and tackle climate change can work together through technology.
The New Climate Economy (NCE) is a from Global Commission on the Economy and Climate which was formed by seven nations, — Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Norway, South Korea, Swedish, and England –. It’s an independent initiative to analyse on how countries can still achieve economic growth and tackle impacts of climate change.
“Emission reductions can be achieved while stay in seven percent economic growth and not hamper it,” said Prasetyo adding that government should be able to adopt recommendations in the report.
The report consists of ten Global Action Plans, of which three related to land use management. It called out natural forest clearing by 2030, restore 500 million hectares of degraded farm lands by 2030, and shift from fossil fuel power plants, especially coal which caused pollution.
In addition, the report highlighted the world’s critical point for the next 15 years. It means that investment made for next 15 years will determine global climate change. Indonesia’s biggest effort to tackle it comes from deforestation.
Satya Tripathi, Executive Director and head of United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), said that economy and climate must stay in line to achieve ideal conditions. “Climate change mitigation can be done without threatening economic growth. It even can serve as catalyst for stronger and dynamic economic growth,” said Tripathi.
Michael Jacobs, NCE senior adviser, said the report provide tactical references for policy makers, especiallu on energy sector, land use change and forestry, and city planning. “For rapid economic growth and reducing emissions, there should be efficiency, infrastructure, innovation, and better economic structure,” said Jacobs. Januar Hakam.