How to Improve the Impact of the Circular Economy Concept on a Grass Roots Level in Indonesia

- 27 November 2022 20:25 WIB
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JAKARTADAILY.ID - Indonesia has drafted its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development or SDGs, which is in line with its low-carbon development reductions and the National Medium-Term Development Plan For 2020-2024.

One of the country’s commitments in efforts for its low carbon development is by setting a target to reduce greenhouse emissions by up to 27.3 percent in 2024.

In a bid to make this target achievable, the government needs support from the nation’s stakeholders, including the public as well as the private sector.

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In August 2022, the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Indonesia, supported by the Government of Denmark launched a book titled "The Future is Circular: Concrete Steps for Circular Economic Initiatives in Indonesia", which is part of the initial step in the preparation of a Circular Economic Policy Roadmap in Indonesia, in the context of Low Carbon Development and towards a green economy.

The Indonesian government claims it is committed to implementing a circular economy as an economic model that optimizes the use of resources, designs products to be as efficient as possible, and returns the rest of the production and consumption processes into the production cycle.

“We want to start a circular economy movement for Indonesia's future development, starting with a common understanding among all of us, starting from ministries/agencies, business representatives, and media. The hope is that when we say circular economy, we are discussing the same thing," said the Director of the Environment of the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas Medrilzam at the launch of the book in Jakarta on Aug 18.

"We have conducted a study in Bandung with UNDP and Denmark, if the circular economy is implemented, it has many benefits for Indonesia," he said, as quoted on the UNDP website.

The book contains initiatives to implement the circular economy concept from 36 initiators in various sectors and actors such as the government, business actors, as well as non-governmental organizations in Indonesia.

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Editor: Muhamad Al Azhari

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