Indonesia-UK Agreed on 5 Low-Carbon Transport Programs

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Indonesia ensures its steps to become a zero-emission country. The government continues to work together with many developed countries in realizing this dream. Most recently, the Government of Indonesia and the Government of the United Kingdom (UK) have agreed to collaborate on a low-carbon transportation development programs in Indonesia.

This agreement was approved on Tuesday (5/7) in a ceremonial launch of a program called “Future Cities: UK-Indonesia Low Carbon Partnership”.

This program is the first step in the commitment of the two countries to mitigate the impacts of climate change through the development of environmentally friendly urban public transportation.

The signing is a follow-up to the memorandum of understanding signed by the Indonesian Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi with the British Minister of Transportation Wendy Morton MP in June 2022.

“The Indonesian government through the Ministry of Transportation welcomes the implementation of this cooperation program, which is expected to help develop a sustainable and environmentally friendly urban transportation system in Indonesia,” said Director General of Land Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation, Hendro Sugiatno in a written statement quoted Wednesday (6/7).

Hendro said that efforts to improve the quality of transportation are in line with efforts to increase economic growth and mitigate the impact of climate change.

In the 2020-2024 RPJMN, the Ministry of Transportation has the task not only to improve urban connectivity through the provision of mass public transportation but also to contribute to emission reduction (decarbonization) in the transportation sector.

Hendro explained that the Ministry of Transportation is developing several urban mass public transportations, both in the form of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and in the rail-based rail sector, which is integrated and also uses electrical energy.

“Through this collaboration, it is hoped that these efforts can be carried out in a more scalable, structured, accelerated, and more reliable manner in planning and implementing a sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation system,” explained Hendro.

On the same occasion, the British Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste Owen Jenkins welcomed this collaboration.

According to him, partnerships in the transportation sector are very important, so that they are more confident in carrying out the commitments from the Glasgow conference and also in realizing the transition to zero-emission vehicles.

The British government through the UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transition (UK PACT) provided funding support of £9 million, or around Rp. 162 billion, for the development of environmentally friendly urban transportation in several provinces in Indonesia. Namely North Sumatra, DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, and South Sulawesi.

Through this program, the two countries jointly want to seize great opportunities such as the development of roadmaps for efficient electrification of public transportation, and integration of climate-friendly solutions into national and regional development planning. As well as the design of low-carbon transportation projects that can attract investment.

The five projects in the Future Cities program are, first, the integration of LRT development, transit-oriented development, and land value capture in Metropolitan Semarang.

Second, the transition to inclusive low-carbon transportation through improving safety aspects for the vulnerable. Third, strengthening sustainable urban transportation in coastal cities.

Fourth, inclusive transportation decarbonization in Indonesia.

Fifth is clean mobility for the Jakarta metropolitan area.