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Jakarta Post

Taxing carbon to help our atmosphere recover

  • Meidiawan Cesarian Syah

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 12 2019   /  01:47 am

The record level of Jakarta’s air pollution of 240 as measured by the Air Quality Index (AQI) on June 25 is a strong warning regarding our pledges to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 29 percent by 2030 independently, or 41 percent with international assistance, as stated by our National Determined Contribution (NDC). Three years have passed since the NDC was submitted to the United Nations, but Indonesia still contributes to an increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide ( CO2 ) at a rate of 1.94 parts per million (ppm) per year, pushing it up from 371.7 ppm in June 2004 to 398.8 ppm in June 2018 according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).The government has implemented several policies to fulfill this plan. First was Presidential Instruction No. 8/2018 on the Delays and Evaluation of Licensing of Oil Palm Plantations and Increased Productivity of...