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Minister Nurbaya highlights Indonesia’s major climate deliverables at COP28
December 1, 2023

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - In a pivotal address made at the opening ceremony of the Indonesia Pavilion for COP28 in Dubai, Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya expressed gratitude for the ongoing support and participation of those present, reflecting on the significant role of the country in global climate negotiations.

The Minister began by acknowledging the decade-long role played by the Indonesia Pavilion in the COP process with regard to climate initiatives.

Notably, COP26 in Glasgow marked a watershed moment as Indonesia unveiled its Operational Plan for the Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030. This plan serves as a practical guide for climate actions, setting the stage for further discussions at COP28.

The Minister provided a comprehensive overview of Indonesia's emission reductions, breaking down the figures by sector. In particular, emissions from the energy sector, industrial processes, waste, agriculture, and FOLU were outlined, demonstrating a substantial 42.1% reduction in 2022 compared to business-as-usual.

Emission reduction success

Drawing on the country's experience, the Minister highlighted Indonesia's success in reducing emissions from both the FOLU sector and peat, with a steady decline from 2019 to 2022.

The FOLU Net Sink 2030 climate targets, launched at COP26, were underlined by Minister Nurbaya as a legally-grounded commitment signed by the President in October 2021.

“Approximately 60% of Indonesia's emission reductions emanate from the FOLU sector, underscoring the influential role of our FOLU Net Sink 2030 climate targets in contributing to the global fight against the climate crisis,” the Minister asserted.

“Following COP26, a legally-based operational plan for FOLU Net Sink 2030 was introduced, ensuring that almost all our climate finance, totaling billions of dollars to date, originates from our state budget to achieve these climate targets,” she added.

Achievements no accident

According to Minister Nurbaya, Indonesia has emerged as a leader in deforestation reduction, surpassing other nations in recent years, demonstrating its commitment to the FOLU sector's crucial role in achieving a 60% reduction in the country's emissions.

Furthermore, she continued, during this year's El Niño event, Indonesia showcased its climate leadership with only 16% of total forest and land fires being attributed to peat fires, with the praiseworthy outcome of avoiding transboundary haze.

“These achievements did not take place on autopilot but rather result from concrete climate actions on the ground, including the successful avoidance of substantial fires during the global COVID-19 pandemic,” the Minister stated.

The Minister connected climate targets with biodiversity conservation, emphasizing that meeting the FOLU Net Sink 2030 goals is vital for protecting Indonesia’s various flagship species and preserving over 95 million hectares of its tropical natural forests.

Also noteworthy, as pointed out by Minister Nurbaya, are Indonesia's continuous efforts to enhance its role in combating the global climate crisis through community-based peat restoration and mangrove rehabilitation, spanning millions of hectares.

Clear carbon governance

Minister Nurbaya hailed President Jokowi's climate leadership and legacy, underscored by the establishment of a legally-based carbon governance system.

The National Registry System, operationalized under this framework, facilitates domestic and international carbon trade, ensuring environmental integrity.

“Our legally-based carbon governance is designed, foremost, to ensure environmental integrity, preventing leakages and greenwashing that could harm the climate and our state revenues,” the Minister said.

“Indonesia has instituted a Carbon House to provide an extensive platform for all stakeholders to consult on matters related to our legally-based carbon governance. Meanwhile, the Indonesian Carbon Exchange was established in September 2023 and is officially operating,” she elaborated.

Energy sector prioritization

The Minister confirmed the importance of prioritizing the energy sector in COP28 discussions, pointing to Indonesia's initiatives in the international agreement on Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) in collaboration with the International Partner Group (IPG).

This initiative, led by the US and Japan, aims at a substantial public-private partnership including blended finance to accelerate decarbonization and achieve net-zero emissions in the electricity sector by 2050, among other targets.

“Financial mobilization has been ongoing for three to five years, during which the Indonesia Country Platform has been introduced as a financial mechanism for the early retirement of coal power plants, or PLTU, as well as for new investments in renewable energy,” the Minister explained.

Youth engagement

The Minister applauded the younger generation's commitment to environmental recovery, highlighting initiatives like Green Leadership Indonesia and the Green Youth Movement.

“We need a new generation, well equipped with education, knowledge, and leadership skills, to protect and manage Indonesia's environment and natural resources, laying the foundation for environmental sustainability through a generation that loves Indonesia.”

The Minister also reiterated President Jokowi's emphasis on realizing USD 100 billion a year climate finance pledge made by developed countries, stressing its importance for energy transition and major climate actions.

In concluding the address, Minister Nurbaya noted that it would be both her and President Jokowi’s final participation at a COP event as their terms come to an end, reflecting on the extensive climate legacy carved out by the President.

“Thank you all for your contributions to our robust climate partnerships. Many lessons have been learned, and numerous deliverables have resulted from our collaborations,” the Minister said.

“While there may be areas for improvement in our efforts in various sector, and surely in our partnerships, under President Jokowi's leadership, Indonesia will continue to constantly prioritize our determination to lead by example in carrying out our concrete climate actions,” Minister Nurbaya ended.

TAGS: FOLU NET SINK 2030 , CLIMATE ACTIONS , COP28

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Minister Nurbaya highlights Indonesia’s major climate deliverables at COP28
December 1, 2023

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - In a pivotal address made at the opening ceremony of the Indonesia Pavilion for COP28 in Dubai, Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya expressed gratitude for the ongoing support and participation of those present, reflecting on the significant role of the country in global climate negotiations.

The Minister began by acknowledging the decade-long role played by the Indonesia Pavilion in the COP process with regard to climate initiatives.

Notably, COP26 in Glasgow marked a watershed moment as Indonesia unveiled its Operational Plan for the Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030. This plan serves as a practical guide for climate actions, setting the stage for further discussions at COP28.

The Minister provided a comprehensive overview of Indonesia's emission reductions, breaking down the figures by sector. In particular, emissions from the energy sector, industrial processes, waste, agriculture, and FOLU were outlined, demonstrating a substantial 42.1% reduction in 2022 compared to business-as-usual.

Emission reduction success

Drawing on the country's experience, the Minister highlighted Indonesia's success in reducing emissions from both the FOLU sector and peat, with a steady decline from 2019 to 2022.

The FOLU Net Sink 2030 climate targets, launched at COP26, were underlined by Minister Nurbaya as a legally-grounded commitment signed by the President in October 2021.

“Approximately 60% of Indonesia's emission reductions emanate from the FOLU sector, underscoring the influential role of our FOLU Net Sink 2030 climate targets in contributing to the global fight against the climate crisis,” the Minister asserted.

“Following COP26, a legally-based operational plan for FOLU Net Sink 2030 was introduced, ensuring that almost all our climate finance, totaling billions of dollars to date, originates from our state budget to achieve these climate targets,” she added.

Achievements no accident

According to Minister Nurbaya, Indonesia has emerged as a leader in deforestation reduction, surpassing other nations in recent years, demonstrating its commitment to the FOLU sector's crucial role in achieving a 60% reduction in the country's emissions.

Furthermore, she continued, during this year's El Niño event, Indonesia showcased its climate leadership with only 16% of total forest and land fires being attributed to peat fires, with the praiseworthy outcome of avoiding transboundary haze.

“These achievements did not take place on autopilot but rather result from concrete climate actions on the ground, including the successful avoidance of substantial fires during the global COVID-19 pandemic,” the Minister stated.

The Minister connected climate targets with biodiversity conservation, emphasizing that meeting the FOLU Net Sink 2030 goals is vital for protecting Indonesia’s various flagship species and preserving over 95 million hectares of its tropical natural forests.

Also noteworthy, as pointed out by Minister Nurbaya, are Indonesia's continuous efforts to enhance its role in combating the global climate crisis through community-based peat restoration and mangrove rehabilitation, spanning millions of hectares.

Clear carbon governance

Minister Nurbaya hailed President Jokowi's climate leadership and legacy, underscored by the establishment of a legally-based carbon governance system.

The National Registry System, operationalized under this framework, facilitates domestic and international carbon trade, ensuring environmental integrity.

“Our legally-based carbon governance is designed, foremost, to ensure environmental integrity, preventing leakages and greenwashing that could harm the climate and our state revenues,” the Minister said.

“Indonesia has instituted a Carbon House to provide an extensive platform for all stakeholders to consult on matters related to our legally-based carbon governance. Meanwhile, the Indonesian Carbon Exchange was established in September 2023 and is officially operating,” she elaborated.

Energy sector prioritization

The Minister confirmed the importance of prioritizing the energy sector in COP28 discussions, pointing to Indonesia's initiatives in the international agreement on Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) in collaboration with the International Partner Group (IPG).

This initiative, led by the US and Japan, aims at a substantial public-private partnership including blended finance to accelerate decarbonization and achieve net-zero emissions in the electricity sector by 2050, among other targets.

“Financial mobilization has been ongoing for three to five years, during which the Indonesia Country Platform has been introduced as a financial mechanism for the early retirement of coal power plants, or PLTU, as well as for new investments in renewable energy,” the Minister explained.

Youth engagement

The Minister applauded the younger generation's commitment to environmental recovery, highlighting initiatives like Green Leadership Indonesia and the Green Youth Movement.

“We need a new generation, well equipped with education, knowledge, and leadership skills, to protect and manage Indonesia's environment and natural resources, laying the foundation for environmental sustainability through a generation that loves Indonesia.”

The Minister also reiterated President Jokowi's emphasis on realizing USD 100 billion a year climate finance pledge made by developed countries, stressing its importance for energy transition and major climate actions.

In concluding the address, Minister Nurbaya noted that it would be both her and President Jokowi’s final participation at a COP event as their terms come to an end, reflecting on the extensive climate legacy carved out by the President.

“Thank you all for your contributions to our robust climate partnerships. Many lessons have been learned, and numerous deliverables have resulted from our collaborations,” the Minister said.

“While there may be areas for improvement in our efforts in various sector, and surely in our partnerships, under President Jokowi's leadership, Indonesia will continue to constantly prioritize our determination to lead by example in carrying out our concrete climate actions,” Minister Nurbaya ended.

TAGS: FOLU NET SINK 2030 , CLIMATE ACTIONS , COP28

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