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Jakarta saves Rp 249 million during Earth Hour campaign

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 25, 2018   /   02:13 pm
Jakarta saves Rp 249 million during Earth Hour campaign The dancing fountain at the National Monument (Monas) on Aug. 12. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Jakarta managed to save Rp 249 million (US$18,069) during Earth Hour on Saturday night, with electricity consumption being reduced by 169.9 megawatts during the one-hour annual global demonstration in support of action against climate change.

This year's campaign saw a reduction in energy consumption compared to last year when 157 MW were saved, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan claimed, adding that carbon dioxide emissions were reduced by 122 tons this year, higher than the 112.69 recorded the previous year.  

“Hopefully, we’ll have bigger awareness in the future, not only during the one-hour campaign, but also in our daily activities,” Anies said at City Hall on Saturday night, as quoted by kompas.com.

He went on to invite residents to reduce electricity consumption given that the source was limited.

Prior to the campaign, the administration issued a gubernatorial instruction ordering government offices in the city, up to subdistrict level, to dim their lights for an hour starting from 8:30 p.m. The lights at some of the city’s most iconic places, such as the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta and the Semanggi overpass in South Jakarta, were also turned off. (fac/ahw)