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Jakarta Post

‘There is no trade-off between sustainability and affordability’: Nordic envoys urge Indonesia to go green

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 1, 2019   /  12:46 pm
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Nordic envoys Danish Ambassador Rasmus Ablidgaard Kristensen (left), Finnish Ambassador Jari Sinkari (second left), Norwegian Ambassador Vegard Kaale (second right) and Swedish Ambassador Marina Berg pose a photo after a limited interview ahead of the annual Nordic Day celebrations in Jakarta, on Sept. 26, 2019.(JP/Dian Septiari)

The Nordic nations of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are on a big collective mission in Indonesia: to prove that there are no inherent losses in choosing sustainable energy over more affordable yet dirtier sources that continue to drive Indonesia’s ongoing infrastructure development. And with Sweden’s Greta Thunberg and the topic of climate change reaching critical mass at last week’s United Nations-led Climate Action Summit, there is a need for Indonesia to improve its business climate to attract more “green” investments, envoys from the region have said. The eco-friendly northern Europeans have welcomed the Indonesian public’s growing interest in the culture of sustainability, which has become particularly apparent among urban youth. But there is “more to be done” in promoting awareness about more issues like sustainable energy...