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Indonesia says 60 per cent cut in carbon emissions possible

Halting deforestation and protecting peat land would yield 43 per cent reduction alone, says report

Source:  Copyright 2009, Business Green
Date:  August 28, 2009
Byline:  Yvonne Chan
Original URL: Status ONLINE

As rich nations continue to debate whether they can cut carbon emissions by even 20 to 30 per cent over the next few decades, Indonesia's national climate change council yesterday said that the country could slash emissions by up to 60 per cent by 2030, providing it implements major policy changes and receives increased international support.

The council, which leads the country's participation in the UN's international climate change talks, released findings from a study warning that Indonesia's annual greenhouse gas emissions would reach 3.6 gigatonnes by 2030 if no action were taken -- a 60 per cent increase from the 2005 level of 2.3 gigatonnes.

However, council secretary Agus Purnomo said that Indonesia had the potential to reduce carbon output by up to 2.3 gigatonnes by 2030 through a series of reduction measures, mostly in the forestry, peat land and agriculture sectors.

The measures could be funded by foreign countries, said Agus, ...

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