Indonesia hopes to be role model in combating climate change

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Indonesia hopes that the world sees its eagerness and capability in conducting all concrete plans related to climate change before the Conference of the Parties (COP) 16 in Mexico, so that it could be the role model for developing and developed countries, a minister said in a statement in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The Minister for Environment Gusti Muhammad Hatta said that Indonesia still commits to immediately start new step to decrease emission of 26 percent from 'business as usual (BAU)' in 2020.

"In March 2010, we will complete all concrete plans and immediately start with real action nationally with all public elements. Before the COP 16 in Mexico, the world will see Indonesia wants and could (implement the plan). We hope that developing countries are triggered to do the same thing, so do the developed ones by implementing principles of common but differentiated responsibilities," Gusti said.

He added that even though results of COP 15 in Denmark's Copenhagen were not satisfying, Indonesia will still try to maximize them for the country's sake in efforts to save the Earth.

According to Gusti, efforts that could be done include energy conservation, standardization of vehicle efficiency, increasing public transportation and implementing environment-friendly technology for industry, among others.

The Chairman of the National Council for Climate Change Rachmat Witoelar told reporters that the world's hope on the COP 15 was answered by about 120 head of states in the form of political decision.

"However, the COP 15 was not without result because there are new opportunities and more benefits in term of saving the Earth," Rachmat said.

He added that even though the Copenhagen Accord (CA) was not very advanced step, countries still moved forward.

The CA is a political decision but was not a legally binding one. The decision set limitation of the global temperature increase of 2 Celsius degree above pre-industry level in 2050, implicating that developed countries should reduce green house gas emissions significantly.

The CA includes countries' commitment to provide 30 billion U. S. dollars in 2010-2012 for balanced funding in adaptation and mitigation that will be channeled through international institutions.

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