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Jakarta Post

Japan, Indonesia team up on 28 projects to reduce CO2 emissions

  • Ayomi Amindoni
    Ayomi Amindoni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 29, 2016   /  03:12 pm
Japan, Indonesia team up on 28 projects to reduce CO2 emissions Against global warming — School students and environmental activists stage a peaceful rally to protest land clearing using the slash-and-burn method, which has lead to land and forest fires in Riau. (Tempo/-)

Japan and Indonesia have agreed to team up on 28 projects under the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), a bilateral carbon offset credit program signed in 2013 between the two governments, a senior official has said. 

Rizal Effendi Lukman, the deputy for international economic cooperation at the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister, said the bilateral offset credit mechanism would amount to US$150 million during its three-year implementation in Indonesia.

He said the mechanism would allow Japanese companies to earn carbon credits by helping Indonesia cut its carbon (CO2) emissions.

Rizal added that since 2013, 108 project feasibility studies had been conducted under the JCM scheme. So far, 28 projects in various sectors are in the pipeline.

"From $37 million worth of Japanese grants received, there could be $113 million worth of investments drawn into Indonesia. Thus, in total, there is more than US$150 million worth of project investment in this country," Rizal said after a national seminar to strengthen the three-year partnership, in Jakarta on Monday.

Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said the JCM, as a unique collaboration of grants, investment and low carbon growth, was proven to be favorable in Indonesia’s business context, not only in terms of emission reductions but also in encouraging the private sector’s role in reducing emissions.

"Under the program, we have several initiatives, including promoting renewable power supplies, waste management, low carbon activities and CO2 reduction, while at the same time we continue to maintain the private sector’s productivity," Darmin said. (ebf)

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