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Jakarta Post

BMKG to take lead in monitoring emissions

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 3 2010   /  08:53 am

The national weather forecasting agency said it would take the lead in measuring greenhouse gas emissions from forests and peatlands as critics continue to cast doubt on the accuracy of Indonesia’s emissions data.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said it would set up five stations to measure and monitor concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane — the main greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

BMKG’s head of climate change and air quality, Edvin Aldrian, admitted that the government had tasked the agency with developing a measurable, reportable and verifiable (MRV) system.

“We will focus on measuring and monitoring emissions from both forests and peatland,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

The MRV is a system developed to ensure all emissions claims by countries can be verified by independent auditors in the fiel...