Indonesia’s plan to switch to green and renewable energy continues to be pushed by the government. Recently, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy or Kemenparekraf is committed to realizing a zero-carbon Indonesia and sustainable tourism.
The program, called Neutral Carbon Sustainability, will focus on preserving the environment.
The government’s move to focus on the environment is because apart from facing the challenges of economic recovery, Indonesia is also faced with a carbon emergency.
According to circulating data, the tourism sector in Indonesia accounts for about 8 percent of the world’s carbon. Carbon gas from the tourism sector is generated from the use of transportation and accommodation while in tourism places. This means that Indonesia is taking part in world climate change.
Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, said that he would increase innovation in the aspect of environmental sustainability in the sustainability of tourism in Indonesia. This was conveyed by the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy at the Dev//Verse Empowering Developer Universe event held by Microsoft, Wednesday (23/3/2022).
“For this reason, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is committed to realizing a zero-carbon Indonesia and sustainable tourism through various programs that prioritize aspects of environmental sustainability,” said Sandi.
Kemenparekraf already has various ideas and methods. One of them is they will do a carbon footprint calculation of setting at the destination to get to a neutral carbon destination.
Moreover, the Government has begun to collaborate with Jejak.in which uses technology from Microsoft such as the Internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).
“We are working with Jejak.in, an Indonesian digital ecosystem that uses technology from Microsoft such as IoT and AI. This feature is Indonesia’s real contribution as the G20 Presidency and the global community to reduce carbon emissions,” said Sandi.
Sandi and the Kemenparekraf strongly support Indonesia towards zero carbon, considering that Indonesia is the third-lowest country in ASEAN with aspects of environmental sustainability, health and hygiene as well as tourism infrastructure.
He hopes that the Indonesian people can be inspired to produce more digital innovations that prioritize environmental sustainability.