Indonesia: Reducing Emissions and Costs by Going Green

By investing in green building technology and architecture, Indonesian companies could cut running costs and the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, business leaders heard on Wednesday.

The message was delivered during a one-day seminar in Jakarta focusing on energy efficiency organized by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) together with the Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development.

“Reducing emissions means additional costs, but decision-makers should understand there are potential gains when they invest in energy-efficient building,” said Yono Reksoprodjo, chairman of Kadin’s standing committee on sustainable energy and resources.

Cement-maker Holcim Indonesia gave a presentation in which the company said that buildings account globally for 40 percent of energy use and carbon dioxide emissions, 50 percent of natural resources consumption and 16 percent of water use.

Yono said Kadin and its partners have made a concerted effort to persuade companies to implement energy-efficient building practices. “We help by promoting certification for green buildings,” he said, adding that certification was conducted under the auspices of the Toronto-based World Green Building Council, which gives certificates for buildings that meets “green” standards. GBC has member organizations in 97 countries.

GBC Indonesia’s membership includes property developers Agung Sedayu, Bumi Serpong Damai, Ciputra Development, Intiland Development, Summarecon Agung and Royal Oak Development Asia. Manufacturer members include Holcim Indonesia, ceramics maker Keramindo Megah Pertiwi and electronics company Philips Indonesia.

Some government-controlled companies are also members, such as builder Pembangunan Perumahan, state utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara and energy company Pertamina.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has committed the country to a 26 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 from the current level of 2.1 gigatons per annum carbon dioxide equivalent. With help from foreign agencies, the president has said, the nation could see deeper cuts of up to 41 percent.

However efforts to reduce emissions are not only the job of the government, the seminar heard, but should also be undertaken by the private sector and individuals.

Source: JakartaGlobe

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