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RI as a major greenhouse gas emitter

  • Alan Oxley

Melbourne   /   Fri, October 16 2009   /  02:51 pm

Because a report published on the eve of the visit to Jakarta by Lord Stern, the British Climate Change expert, late in 2007, said so. On the basis of that report, the Indonesian government is being pressed to adopt a strategy to cut emissions by 40 percent by 2030. The pitch is that this is an opportunity for Jakarta to show global leadership at this critical time as the international community gears up to settle a new agreement on climate change at Copenhagen in December. The reality is different. No new agreement can be struck for several years. It will take that long to narrow the gaps between the positions of the US, EU, India and China. Yet an impressive set of interests is working quietly to coax the Indonesian Government into this role. It includes the World Bank, the UK's aid agency (DFID), as well as trenchant opponents of Indonesia's current development strategi...