Indonesia, Japan Turn Waste into Renewable Energy

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Environmental Affairs and Forestry Ministry (KLHK) and the Ministry of Environment Japan (MoEJ) has teamed up to turn waste into renewable energy by adopting waste-to-energy-plants (PLTSa), the news agency Antara reported.

    Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya said that the waste-to-energy-plants partnership is the solution to addressing the waste problem, while also help educates citizens in handling and utilizing waste. Public education includes dissemination of ways to reduce, sort and process waste.

    Japan is known for its leading waste-to-energy-plants.

    Minister Siti Nurbaya said that Indonesia faces a serious waste problem: as many as 64 million tons of waste produced annually.

    Mrs. Siti said that the MoEJ has shown great enthusiasm. Japan's Environment Minister Tadahiko Ito said that the country will assist with the preparation of guidelines for, models, capacity improvement of and supervision team for waste-to-energy-plants, which involve Japanese personnel.

    Having named Surabaya as pilot waste-to-energy-plant project, Mr. Ito plans to roll out the program in other major cities, such as Jakarta, Bandung Semarang, Solo, Tangerang, Makassar and Manado.

    Also discussed in the meeting was a partnership in waste management in coastal and marine areas considering that Indonesia is one of the world’s largest marine waste producers. Marine waste management has been sparsely implemented in the Seribu Islands, North Sulawesi and Yogyakarta, among others.

    Indonesia will commemorate the National Waste Awareness Day (HPSN) on February 21. Indonesia has also been named Global Cleansing Champion Country by the UNEP.