Initiative to balance out the impact of man-made carbon emissions on climate crisis by mainstreaming activities that absorb emissions.
WRI Indonesia’s carbon offset initiative is supporting individuals, groups and/or institutions to measure their controllable and uncontrollable carbon emissions and then collaborates with partners to offset emissions. This initiative aims to directly reduce the impact of emissions on climate crisis, by transforming personal and organizational behaviours and lifestyles, using science and technology approaches.
Indonesia (national and jurisdictional levels).
Global temperature has already reached 1⁰ Celsius above pre-industrial levels. A recent UN report showed that warming above 1.5⁰ Celsius would accelerate the rate of global extinction over a hundredfold, known as climate crisis.
Cumulative greenhouse gas emissions in the sky is a critical factor behind global warming. In Indonesia, land use change such as deforestation and peatland degradation as well as energy sectors such as the use of coal and fossil fuel are the main source of emissions.
However, some activities are unavoidable, and the production of emissions are inevitable. Therefore, to minimize the impact of carbon emissions, individual and collective efforts are necessary. How we deal with trees and the way we use daily transport, among others, are two of the main ways to absorb and cancel our emissions, respectively. The average Indonesian releases about 2.03 tons of carbon emissions annually.
At WRI Indonesia, we believe that mixing transparent science-based approach with personal appeal is a good formula for change. Our goal is to transform the behaviours of communities, businesses and governments to be more aware of their negative environmental impact, participate in the action to reduce or offset it, and could scale up their positive contribution for the sustainability of current and future societies.
WRI Indonesia is developing methods and tools to calculate/track the amount of carbon emissions produced by individuals, groups or institutions. Then, WRI Indonesia followed it up by collaborating with partners for carbon offset activities such as tree planting (including growth maintenance) and adoption of mature trees. In Indonesia’s context, reforestation and forest conservation are among the cheapest and easiest yet impactful “green” technology that is available.
WRI Indonesia continuously collaborates with the following partners to offset carbon emissions: