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Jakarta Post

Indonesia vows 700Mt gas emission cut by 2020

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 9 2009   /  09:54 am

Strangely isolated: An unidentified delegate from Sierra Leone follows discussions in a nearly empty plenary hall during a working session on the second day of the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen on Tuesday. AP/Anja NiedringhausIndonesia has reaffirmed its commitment to take part in the global emission cut plans and promote a low-carbon economy to help protect the planet from human-induced climate change.Chief negotiator Rachmat Witoelar announced for the first time Indonesia would cut 700 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (or equal to 700 million metric tons of carbon dioxide or CO2).“We estimate our emissions will reach 2600 megatons by 2020 at this rate. We need to commit to a 700 megaton cut to protect the planet,” he told a press briefing at the Bella Center during the Dec. 7-18 Copenhagen talks.Rachmat declined to elaborate on the total allocation from the state bud...