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[ Court Decision Orders BLM to Reconsider Allowing Target Shooting in Sonoran Desert National Monument, Directs Agency to Revise its Management Plan to Better Protect Monument Resources and Visitor Safety ]

Michael Reinemer

Ruling two days after oral arguments closed, the Arizona District Court in Phoenix has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to re-examine its decision to allow target shooting throughout Sonoran Desert National Monument.

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[ Sustainable Cities: Challenges and Opportunities in Jakarta ]

By Jon Heggie

 

JAKARTA, Indonesia–Some of Indonesia’s foremost thought leaders on sustainability, energy and environment convened in Jakarta for “Sustainable Cities: Challenges and Opportunities in Jakarta,” a roundtable discussion on how we plan, create and manage the sustainable city of the future from an energy perspective.

The experts were invited by National Geographic and Shell, partners in the Great Energy Challenge, which has been sponsoring gatherings around the world to consider big energy questions. Taking a global view but with a focus on Jakarta and Indonesia, the forum in February 2015 addressed overarching themes of energy demand and reducing carbon emissions, while considering the role of smart planning, including the transformation of infrastructure and transportation and the adoption of new systems and technologies.

 

Clay Chandler, The Barrenrock Group, moderates the roundtable discussion. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Clay Chandler, The Barrenrock Group, moderates the roundtable discussion. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Wendy Koch, National Geographic Senior Energy Editor. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Wendy Koch, National Geographic Senior Energy Editor. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

 

A global context for the discussion was provided by Wendy Koch, Senior Energy Editor, National Geographic. Koch explained that as the world’s population soars, Indonesia is expected to remain the world’s fourth most populous country, bringing increased demand for food and energy. With around 15 percent of Indonesians having no access to the electric grid, the country is racing to boost its power production. This is currently mostly based on coal—Indonesia is the world’s largest coal exporter—which is contributing to air pollution in Jakarta.

Koch noted that Jakarta is sinking and its flooding problems have led to the U.S.$40 billion Great Garuda project to build a taller sea wall. Koch also referenced the construction of the Net Zero 99-story Pertamina Energy Tower, which opens up to the sky with a wind tunnel.

Koch highlighted that Indonesia has enormous geothermal potential and has introduced a new geothermal law to spur development. However, Indonesia is still a net importer of oil, raising the question of whether falling global oil prices and reduced gasoline subsidies will provide the financial savings to enable Indonesia to invest in alternate energy sources.

Moderator, Clay Chandler, with the Barrenrock Group, then launched the forum, guiding the discussion with a number of questions:

  • What are the biggest energy issues facing Indonesia’s cities?
  • How do we power Indonesia’s cities of the future?
  • How do we meet growing energy demand with an eye for the environment?
  • How do we develop resilient cities adaptive to the impacts of climate change?
  • How can Jakarta manage the impact of urban sprawl?
  • What’s next for improving transport efficiencies in Indonesia’s cities?

 

I Made Ro Sakya, PLN. Photograph by Rony Zakaria. 

I Made Ro Sakya, PLN. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Naning S. Adiningsih Adiwoso, Green Building Council Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Naning S. Adiningsih Adiwoso, Green Building Council Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

 

Key challenges surfaced during the roundtable discussion included the need to address gridlock wasting time and energy, and the need to electrify several thousand islands. Among the solutions discussed were establishing trust in government and reducing subsidies for petrol and perhaps electricity as a spur to greater energy efficiency and green buildings. Other ideas include increasing government funding for basic infrastructure, better city design and better land use being really the key for limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Left to right: Ketut Sarjanaputra, Conservation International Indonesia; John Russell, Shell; Utama Kajo, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Indonesia (KADIN) and Transparency International Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Left to right: Ketut Sarjana Putra, Conservation International Indonesia; John Russell, Shell; Utama Kajo, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Indonesia (KADIN) and Transparency International Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Komara Djaja, University of Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Komara Djaja, University of Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Andriah Feby Misna, Directorate General of New Energy, Renewable and Energy Conservation, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Andriah Feby Misna, Directorate General of New Energy, Renewable and Energy Conservation, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

 

Unique Challenge

Indonesia faces the unique challenge of having a projected 300 million people dispersed across thousands of islands. This complicates energy supply and infrastructure, further exacerbated by a particular vulnerability to natural disaster. The rapid growth of its cities, especially medium-size cities, sees projections of 75 percent of the population concentrated in urban areas by 2030. Cities already produce up to 60 percent of Indonesia’s GDP so city planning is crucial.

However, the country’s cities are poorly designed, with aging and inadequate infrastructure and major inefficiencies. There is large-scale development without regard for the environment, including extensive urban sprawl: 40 percent of Indonesians describe their city as unlivable. Better city design can foster good habits, such as using public transport, but this relies on successfully implementing sustainable action, and requires greater collaboration between public and private sectors—with the latter driving development especially in creating green and smart cities. There is widespread public distrust of government and business following years of mismanagement; however, the new government is addressing this positively.

 

Hanan Nugroho, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS). Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Hanan Nugroho, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS). Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

 

One bold move is the reduction and removal of fuel subsidies in place for decades and worth 2.5 percent of GDP. The low price of petrol and electricity has led to energy not being valued by consumers and so widespread waste is endemic. Education and trust are central to solving this. There are varied suggestions of what should replace subsidies, including following the market price, limited targeted subsidies, and a fixed price system. There are calls to protect the poorest consumers from sudden change, including using the estimated U.S.$10-30 billion saved to improve public health thereby improving productivity and income.

Strong arguments were also made for infrastructure investment, both in energy to connect the 15 percent of Indonesians without electricity, and in transport where gridlock looms by 2020 and congestion costs billions of U.S. dollars and is hampering economic growth.

Increased urbanization is contributing to an annual 8-9 percent increase in energy demand, which is not being met. The government plans to add 35GW, around 300 power plants, to the nation’s capacity, but transmission challenges across the archipelago makes localized solutions essential. These would largely be fossil-fuel based, and may tap into Indonesia’s vast supply of coal.

 

Moray McLeish, PwC Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Moray McLeish, PwC Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Amy Long, Shell. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Amy Long, Shell. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

 

Solar and hydro projects are being contemplated, and Indonesia has a huge geothermal potential of which only 3 percent is currently exploited. However, it was suggested that renewables could not meet Indonesia’s demand quickly enough and so fossil fuels will dominate the next 10-15 years.

Nor does national energy policy promote renewables and there is a track record of poor maintenance of power projects. Improvements are urgently needed to increase sustainability and minimize bureaucracy. This could be supported by a major government initiative to improve broadband infrastructure, an essential component of the smart grid, and beyond that the smart city.

 

Sibarani Sofian, AECOM Indonesia and Thomas Suhartanto, PT Pertamina (Persero). Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Sibarani Sofian, AECOM Indonesia and Thomas Suhartanto, PT Pertamina (Persero). Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

 

Expert Interviews

Go here to watch experts from the Jakarta event discuss their perspectives on issues related to sustainable city development in Indonesia.

 

Check Back Soon

The complete event summary publication from our Big Energy Question forum in Jakarta will be available for download soon. Be sure to check back here for more details and updates.

 

Great Energy Challenge Indonesia Coverage

Read more about energy and Indonesia through our recent Great Energy Challenge stories and blogs below.

 

Participants in the Jakarta Big Energy Question Discussion

NANING S. ADININGSIH ADIWOSO, Chairperson, Green Building Council Indonesia (GBC Indonesia)

DONO BOESTAMI, President Director, PT MRT Jakarta

DAVID BRAUN, Director, Digital Outreach, National Geographic

KOEN BROERSMA, Project Manager Urban Water, Royal HaskoningDHV

CLAY CHANDLER, Managing Director, The Barrenrock Group

TORY DAMANTORO, Environment Transport Policy Specialist, Indonesia Transport Society

SUYONO DIKUN, Member, Executive Board, Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Development and Professor, Transport and Infrastructure Management, University of Indonesia

KOMARA DJAJA, Head, Graduate Program in Urban Studies and Chairman, Urban and Regional Research Center, Graduate Program of Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Indonesia

BERNARDUS DJONOPUTRO, President, Indonesian Assoc. of Urban and Regional Planners and Managing Director, HD Asia Advisory

RACHMAT SUGANDI HAMDANI, Executive Director, Indonesian Institute for Energy Economics (IIEE)

UTAMA KAJO, Chairman, Standing Committee on Land Use and Land Title Utilization, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Indonesia (KADIN) and Vice Chairman, Transparency International Indonesia

RAJ KANNAN, Managing Director, Tusk Advisory

ASHLEY KING, Environment Officer, USAID Indonesia

WENDY KOCH, Senior Energy Editor, National Geographic

AMY LONG, Business Innovation Manager, Shell

MORAY MCLEISH, Director and Technical Advisor, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC Indonesia

ANDRIAH FEBY MISNA, Deputy Director, Technical Guidance and Energy Efficiency Cooperation, Directorate of Energy Conservation, Directorate General of New Energy, Renewable and Energy Conservation, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources

HANAN NUGROHO, Senior Planner, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS)

DANNY PRADITYA, President Director, PGN Gagas

WIDHYAWAN PRAWIRAATMADJA, Special Advisor to Minister and Head, Performance Management Unit, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources

KETUT SARJANA PUTRA, Vice President, Conservation International Indonesia

I MADE RO SAKYA, Head, System Planning Division, PLN

JOHN RUSSELL, Global Manager, City Development Project, Shell

WIDITA SARDJONO, Senior Partner, IBM Indonesia Global Business Services (GBS)

SIBARANI SOFIAN, ST., MUDD, Executive Director, Building + Places, AECOM Indonesia

THOMAS SUHARTANTO, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development, New & Renewable Energy Directorate, PT Pertamina (Persero)

NUGROHO TRI UTOMO, Director of Housing and Settlements, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS)

JAN VAN REES, ICT Consultant, World Bank

DARWINA WIDJAJANTI, Consultant, Capacity Building for Sustainability

WAYAH WIROTO, Market Development Director, GE Indonesia

 

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[ New plan protects lands around Dinosaur National Monument, but opens other areas up for drilling ]

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[ Study: best carbon solution is trees ]

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[ BLM releases Dinosaur Trail Master Leasing Plan ]

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The following statement on the BLM’s White River RMP Amendment can be attributed to Nada Culver, Senior Director of Agency Policy and Planning for The Wilderness Society.

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[ April is 41 Pounds Month ]

41pounds.org stops your junk mail and catalogs — protecting the environment. Junk mail wastes an incredible amount of natural resources and contributes to global warming. Our service covers your entire household for five years, saving…

Time — No credit card offers to shred or unwanted catalogs.
Trees — Keep 100+ million trees in forests, cooling the planet.
Water — Protect 28 billion gallons of clean water.
Climate — Junk mail produces more C02 than 9 million cars.
Planet — We donate to your favorite charity when you sign up.

 

Junk Mail Impact

Below we have provided some important facts that not only verify the need to stop junk mail, but also reveal staggering truths about the impact of consumption and waste on the environment.

Stop Junk Mail — a Personal Nuisance & Environmental Hazard

  • Keep trees in the forest. More than 100 million trees are destroyed each year to produce junk mail. 42% of timber harvested nationwide becomes pulpwood for paper.
  • Reduce global warming. The world’s temperate forests absorb 2 billion tons of carbon annually. Creating and shipping junk mail produces more greenhouse gas emissions than 9 million cars.
  • Save water. About 28 billion gallons of water are wasted to produce and recycle junk each year.
  • Save time. You waste about 70 hours a year dealing with junk mail.

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  • The pulp and paper industry is the single largest consumer of water used in industrial activities in developed countries, and it’s the third-largest industrial greenhouse gas emitter (after the chemical and steel industries).
  • The average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year. 44% goes to the landfill unopened.
  • On average, we receive 16 pieces of junk mail a week, compared to only 1.5 personal letters.
  • The majority of household waste consists of junk mail.
  • 40% of the solid mass that makes up our landfills is paper and paperboard waste.
  • Junk mail inks have high concentrations of heavy metals, making the paper difficult to recycle.
  • $320 million of local taxes are used to dispose of junk mail each year.
  • California’s state and local governments spend $500,000 a year collecting and disposing of AOL’s direct mail disks alone.
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  • 41pounds.org eliminates 80-95% of junk mailings for you by contacting dozens of direct marketers on your behalf.
  • By reducing your junk mail for 5 years, you’ll conserve 1.7 trees and 700 gallons of water, and prevent global warming emissions — and you’ll gain about 350 hours of free time!
  • By stopping credit card offers and other junk mail, you’ll help protect your identity from theft and fraud.

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[ Smart from the start: wind energy done right means a win-win for climate and wildlands ]

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[ Celebrate “Earth Hour” on March 28th ]

City of Virginia Beach Asks Residents and Businesses to Turn off Non-Essential Lights for One Hour on Saturday, March 28!

The City of Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and numerous local organizations will join millions worldwide in switching off the lights in homes and businesses for one hour — Earth Hour — from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. Earth Hour is a “lights off” event symbolizing easy steps everyone can take to benefit the planet.

The simple act of switching off lights for an hour is a fast-growing, worldwide environmental movement, and Virginia Beach is asking you to join city facilities and VBCPS, as well as 162 countries and territories around the globe in turning off your lights. In the lead up to Earth Hour 2015, the city has been examining ways it can operate more efficiently, waste less and reduce its ecological footprint. This is Virginia Beach’s second year participating and on March 3, Mayor William D. Sessoms Jr. signed a proclamation officially establishing March 28, 2015, as Earth Hour in Virginia Beach. City landmarks, including the city seal at Mount Trashmore, the Virginia Beach Convention Center, the fountain at Town Center plaza and many others will all go dark. They will be joined by global icons including the Eiffel Tower, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Buckingham Palace, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, the Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House and more. Residents and businesses are encouraged to do the same and strive to find ways they can incorporate more sustainable practices into their daily routines.

Earth Hour began in 2007 as a single-city initiative in Sydney, Australia, and has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people on all seven continents switching off their lights. For more information, or to commit your organization to participate, visit Virginia Beach’s Earth Hour page and complete the form at the bottom of the page.

Numerous businesses and organizations throughout the city are already onboard including:

• STIHL, Inc. • Operation Smile • Armada Hoffler • Westin Tower • Clark Nexsen Tower • Sandler Center for the Performing Arts • Virginia Aquarium • Brock Environmental Center • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art • Tidewater Community College — Virginia Beach Campus • NSU/ODU Virginia Beach Higher Education Center • Virginia Natural Gas Corporate Office • Croc’s 19th Street Bistro • Ocean Sands Resort • The Atrium Resort • The Ocean Key Resort • VSA Resorts

To view this news release online, visit www.VBgov.com/news.

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