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Low hanging fruit for Jakarta’s air pollution

  • Fadhila El Discha

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Jakarta   /   Thu, August 15, 2019   /  10:47 am
Low hanging fruit for Jakarta’s air pollution Vehicles pass Jl. Salemba Raya in Central Jakarta on Aug. 7, 2019. The road is among the new route added to the odd even traffic policy expansion aimed to lower air pollution and mitigate traffic congestion. (Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

The capital has just experienced a combined wake-up call from air quality levels and, more recently, the blackout. The air quality index in Central and South Jakarta, two main central business districts, has consistently hit the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” (60 percent) and even one level worse at “unhealthy” (38 percent) levels for the past three months, making Jakarta the chart-topper of world’s worst air quality rankings from May to July. The worsening air quality has also become more apparent visually with a gray and brownish blanket of smog covering the city skyline. The root cause for the air pollution issue does not only stem from the sources, such as vehicle and fossil-fired power plant emissions near the city, but also on how such discharges are regulated. The emission standards from coal-fired power plants (CFPP) in Indonesia far lags beh...

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