Bali to Cut Gas Emissions


The provincial administration is currently drafting a gubernatorial regulation on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of its Bali Green Province program.

Head of the provincial Environment Agency I Nyoman Sujaya said that the regulation, referring to “The Regional Plans for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction” would stipulate the province’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of a national program.

The Indonesian government has committed to cut emissions by 26 percent compared to its “business as usual” baseline through national efforts, with a further 41 percent support from foreign parties.

There are five sectors targeted for the emission cuts: agriculture, forestry and peat land, energy and transportation, industry and waste management.

“Through this regulation, Bali contributes to the reduction of emissions in line with the national program. We expect this regulation to be issued before the end of this year,” Sujaya said.

This year, the central government disbursed Rp 6.5 billion to Bali to be allocated for environment-related projects through the special allocation fund scheme.

Earlier this year, the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) launched guidelines to assist provincial administrations to develop their respective programs on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The guidelines contain explanations on how the regulation should relate to development policies both at a national and local level, as well as technical steps, timeline and format of activities that need to be set.

“The issue of climate change involves all stakeholders. Therefore, we hope that the regulation we issue will stimulate more environmentally friendly local development, in line with sustainable development principles,” Sujaya said.

This regulation not only achieved the national greenhouse gas emission reduction target, but also created space for local governments to participate in sustainable development, he added.

The provincial government will be facilitated and assisted by the central government in carrying out the emission reduction programs.

In Bali, the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions are garbage, as well as agriculture, husbandry, forestry and transportation.

The island produces around 10,182 cubic meters of garbage per day, which emits methane gas if the garbage is not properly processed.

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