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Jakarta Post

Road to Copenhagen: Helping Indonesia advance as its emissions decrease

  • Fitrian Ardiansyah, Indra Sari Wardhini and Muhammad Suhud

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 27 2009   /  12:51 pm

For the world to be a livable place - indeed for the human race to survive - climate protection and economic development must go hand in hand. The million-dollar question that needs to be answered now is this: "Is it technically possible for the world's economic development to continue, leading to increased energy demand and changes in land use, by using clean and sustainable energy sources and technologies and by ensuring a healthy and balanced environment?" Answering this question is a daunting task. Currently, as reported by Ernst and Young, global infrastructure spending exceeds US$8 trillion per decade, a significant proportion of which is being spent in the Asia-Pacific region but not necessarily in a way that will secure a low-carbon trajectory. For Indonesia, economic development typically implies larger dependence on climate-sensitive sectors, in particular the e...