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Indonesia: After a pause due to coronavirus, Depok City resume initiatives of CAP Development

After the self-quarantine’s mandates and other travel limitations for three months, Depok City has allowed public gatherings of up to 15 people.  On 22 July 2020, IUC Asia Helpdesk and CCROM Team physically met official representatives of Depok City to return the work for Climate Action Plan (CAP) development, particularly focused on delivering the findings of the 2018 Green House Gas (GHG) inventory report. An inventory enables the city to understand the emissions contribution of different activities in the community.

The on-going 2018 report represents a snapshot of the GHG that Depok emits from 2016 up to 2018, with the two largest sectors of GHG emissions included stationary energy in residential and road transportation. Specifically, the significant sources of emissions in residential composed combustion of fossil fuels and the consumption of electricity.

CCCROM performed a review of the inventory largely because several pieces of the current inventories were unresolved. Specifically, the waste sector methodology was considered to be incomplete, and electricity consumption data were still missing. Some suggestions were made, including engaging partnerships with local utility companies to gather accurate data on energy consumption, transportation, and so on.

In addition, CCROM demonstrated the projected 2030 emission, which applies the average Depok’s GHG emissions for 2016-2018 as the base year. The projection represented a Business-as-Usual (BAU) scenario assuming none of the mitigation measures are implemented.

The session continued with the discussion on mitigation projects developed by respected city agencies in Depok. The projects cover various sectors, including energy transition, energy efficiency, waste management, energy efficiency, transportation, and AFOLU (urban forest). Regarding the on-going mitigation projects, the meeting has underlined the need to establish a methodology of emission reduction and monitor the progress as well.

The outcome of the meeting also suggested completing the GHG inventory report as it can be used as the basis for setting mitigation. Good quality data on GHG emissions will allow the city to take effective action on mitigating climate change, and monitor progress.

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