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Leading by example in sustainable development

  • Mahendra Siregar and Alue Dohong

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 9 2021   /  01:19 am
Buoyed by the success of the B20 program, the government decided to increase CPO content in biodiesel to 30 percent. Called B30, this biofuel was introduced in early 2020.(JP/Budi Sutrisno)

One of today’s greatest environmental challenges is the pressing need to distinguish between loose rhetoric on sustainability and practical on-the-ground implementation. For the benefit of future generations, the former should be called out, and the latter deserves closer attention and greater support. Indonesia is not a master of the greening narrative; and as a consequence, we often become the target of negative campaigns against our major commodity exports. In achieving the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we call for a holistic approach to environmental protection, not only by addressing deforestation, but also other challenges such as soil and water contamination. Unfortunately, such an approach is proving difficult to gain traction. Negative campaign notwithstanding, Indonesia has prioritized the need to address deforestation by adopting ...