Source: ANTARA
Date: November 3, 2021.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry fully supports policies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through infrastructure development by, for instance, adopting the green building development concepts.

"We have adopted the green building development concepts in Government Regulation Number 16 of 2021on Buildings and PUPR Minister Regulation Number 21 on 2021 regarding Performance Assessment of Green Buildings," PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono noted in a written statement received here on Wednesday.

Furthermore, Hadimuljono noted that according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report on Climate Change in 2017, constructing buildings consumed more than a third of the world's resources, comprising 40 percent of the total global energy and 12 percent of the total clean water supply.

"In addition, the operations of buildings contribute up to 72 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions in urban areas," he stated.

Thus, the ministry continues to streamline the certification of green buildings by assigning several trainers and assessors as well as honing the technical instructors' capability to evaluate the performance of these structures.

Meanwhile, in connection with waste management, various related infrastructure will continue to be developed, so the number of urban areas served can increase, from 60 percent in 2016 to 100 percent in 2024.

"We also continue to implement community-based sanitation projects through the construction of Waste Management Sites with the Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle concepts, or TPS3R, across Indonesia," the minister stated.

Furthermore, the PUPR Ministry seeks to minimize domestic waste pollution, such as the work being undertaken at Citarum River, by improving the management of waste disposal using a landfill gas system with flaring technology.

The technology has been used to convert waste into Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) in Cilacap and to convert plastic waste to serve as the material for road construction work that had reached 22.7 kilometres (km) in 2019-2020.

Through these attempts, Hadimuljono is optimistic of the ministry supporting the reduction of carbon emissions by 58 percent in the building sector and five percent in the waste management sector.