‘For a sustainable future’: Indonesian cities ‘accelerate commitment’ to Compact of Mayors

Six more Indonesian mayors signified their commitment to the global Compact of Mayors at an event titled, ‘Accelerating Commitment on the Compact of Mayors: Sub-National Leaders Meeting’ held at the Hotel Royal Kuningan in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 12.

The event was hosted by Ir. Rachmat Nadi Witoelar, Climate Change Special Envoy to the President of Indonesia, and co-hosted by the ICLEI Indonesia Office and the Asosiasi Pemerintah Kota Seluruh Indonesia (APEKSI, Association of the Indonesia Municipalities), an ICLEI Member.

The following mayors presented their Letters of Intent to commit to the Compact of Mayors:

  • Hj. Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal, SE, Banda Aceh City
  • Ibnu Sina,S.Pi,M.Si, Banjarmasin City
  • dr. Hj. Neni Moerniaeni, Sp.OG, Bontang City
  • Ir. H. Asrun, M.Eng.Sc, Kendari City
  • Jonas Salean,SH,M.Si, Kupang City
  • Ir. Sofyan Raga M.Si, Tarakan City

H.M. Rizal Effendi, SE, Mayor of ICLEI Member Balikpapan City who had previously committed to the Compact, attended the event and urged his colleagues to join the Compact of Mayors. “[Balikpapan is] committed to the Compact of Mayors as support for the global effort to maintain [global temperature increase under 2°C]. Hence, I am inviting the cities who are present today to join forces with the Compact for a sustainable future.”

In affirming her commitment, Banda Aceh Mayor Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal said, “We need to act now, transform from unsustainable use of fossil fuel by utilizing renewable energy. We have started in our city operation to utilize solar and wind power, and develop a comprehensive plan to [tap] our geothermal resources.”

Bontang Mayor Neni Moerniaeni added: “One of the city's priorities is to switch from fossil fuel to natural gas-based energy for government operations and residential and commercial areas.”

The six cities join Balikpapan, Bogor, Jambi, Sukabumi, and Tanjung Pinang as Indonesian local governments to have committed to the Compact. In all, 48 local governments in Southeast Asia have joined the global initiative.

The Compact of Mayors commits cities to reduce local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, enhance resilience to climate change, and track their progress publicly. It was launched in 2014 by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, under the leadership of ICLEI, C40, and the United Cities and Local Governments, with support from UN HABITAT.

The Letters of Intent, addressed to the Compact of Mayors Secretariat, outline the cities’ mitigation and adaptation commitments within the next three years. These include: public reporting of the GHG emissions inventory and the climate hazards faced by the city, within one year or less; GHG emissions reduction target and the climate vulnerabilities faced by the city, within two years or less; and its climate change mitigation and adaptation plan, within three years or less.

These actions shall then be recognized through the global reporting platform, carbonn Climate Registry, leading to increased investor confidence and capital flows for climate action in cities.

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