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IKN Development Will Become the First Carbon Neutral City in 2045

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By: Farrell Haroon Jabar )*

The development of the National Capital City (IKN) will be able to create a city that is carbon neutral for the first time in the world for Indonesia in 2045. This is in line with the concept of sustainable capital city development.

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia (RI) has a very firm commitment to being able to contribute to nationally-determined contributions (NDCs) which are in line with the Paris Agreement. Even the government itself is very strong in this commitment and continues to make various efforts to make it happen.

One of the efforts that has been taken is to cooperate with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which then initiated a scoping study. The aim of the study is to better map the steps for the National Capital City (IKN) of the Archipelago to become a carbon neutral city in 2045.

Of course, in the process of planning and building the National Public University, the government does not rush it at all without being accompanied by a comprehensive study first. Development accompanied by scientific discussions and studies with a pro-environmental paradigm should indeed be supported and appreciated.

With all the studies, it means that it further proves how strong the commitment that has been made by the Government of Indonesia in its contribution to the Paris Agreement to be able to contribute in becoming one of the solutions to the climate change crisis which is very risky for the sustainability of all living things in the world, including the human population and also future generations.

Regarding this matter, the Head of the National Archipelago IKN Authority, Bambang Susantono explained that as a capital city that is indeed forest-based and carries the first concept of sustainability in the world, Nusantara Nusantara itself is very ready to be able to lead Indonesia’s contribution on the global stage.

It is undeniable that the existence of IKN itself as the new capital city of the country will be of great concern to the world’s population because in general the concept is to continue to strive to become a city that is sustainable and very environmentally friendly. This is also one of the efforts to answer the challenges of the environmental crisis that is currently being experienced by the world.

Not only will it be a stage for showing off from Indonesia to the world, but with the existence of IKN it will also be able to contribute in order to mitigate the impact of global climate change, which even today is still being widely discussed in various world forums and efforts are continuously being made to find solutions to it. these problems.

Because after all, the global climate change crisis will also have a lot of impact even in a multidimensional way for the sustainability of the world, especially for the world’s ecosystems and also environmental health. So it is clear that if a solution is not immediately found, then the world itself will get worse and experience many problems in the future.

Furthermore, Bambang Susantono himself explained that the study initiated by the Government of Indonesia together with the ADB would immediately create a golden momentum and at the same time clarify the direction for the development of IKN, especially in order to make IKN the first carbon neutral city in Indonesia in 2018. 2045 coming.

The reason is, the effort to become a carbon neutral city is that if everything has been implemented, according to him, Nusantara itself will be able to protect up to 65 percent of its area as a protected area by going through the entire restoration and rehabilitation process.

Later, when the entire restoration and rehabilitation process has been carried out, the NCI will automatically be able to increase its ability to absorb carbon and may even absorb more carbon than is released ( net sink ) before 2030, which will later be in 2045 will truly become a city that is positioned as carbon neutral.

With the development of IKN initiated by the Government of Indonesia by collaborating with a number of parties and continuing to strive for sustainable development with a green environment that continues to coexist with it, this includes concrete steps from the archipelago to increase its contribution to Indonesia’s target of achieving zero carbon emissions even in 2060 future.

Meanwhile, Deputy President for Southeast Asia, East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Ahmed M. Saeed stated that active participation from all parties, including the provincial, district or city governments, is indeed the guard at the forefront of being able to implement national policies. This is in order to support the achievement of the strong commitment that has been made by the central government regarding the Paris agreement.

Indonesia will soon have the first carbon-neutral city in the world, namely in 2045. This will be aimed at the development of IKN in East Kalimantan with many studies with an environmental ethics paradigm, as well as a spirit to further reinforce the Indonesian government’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.

)* The author is a contributor to Nusantara Reading Room

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