In Bangkok on Tuesday, during the two weeks of talks on climate change, the UN climate chief, Yvo de Boer, urged rich nations to step forward with their own commitments, saying that “developing countries are making very significant efforts to show what they are doing to address climate change and indicate what more they are willing to do”.
Indonesia, the world’s third largest greenhouse emitter, was the first developing country that offered a plan to curve its carbon dioxide emissions. Agus Purnomo, the head of Indonesia’s delegation said on Tuesday, that Indonesia would reduce emissions 26 percent by 2020, and an additional 15 percent if they get financial support. He said that the cuts would come through a combination of renewable energy, energy efficiency and reducing deforestation.
He argued, “We want to tell the world that although the obligation is mostly on developed countries, Indonesia, being a victim of climate change, would like to do something to prevent it,”
The policy would be a mix of stepping up investment in renewable energy, such as geothermal and wind power, curbing emissions from deforestation and changes in land use. (Deforestation, which is particularly destructive in the tropics, is responsible for about 20 percent of mankind’s greenhouse emissions).
In a speech to G20 leaders on September 25, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government was crafting a policy that would cut emissions by 26 percent by 2020 from “business as usual” (BAU) levels. (Reuters)
Environmentalists and NGOs welcomed Indonesia’s ambitious plan to cut their carbon dioxide emissions. It is interesting and positive that developing countries are willing to cut their emission if they receive financial support. Although, this issue is not part of the negotiations, it would provide to developing countries a strong initiative to increase their efforts to fight climate change.