Emission Reduction and Sequestration Initiative/Inisiatif Pengurangan dan Penyerapan Emisi
Initiative to mitigate the impact of man-made carbon emissions on climate crisis by mainstreaming activities that decrease and sequester carbon.
WRI Indonesia’s Emission Reduction and Sequestration Initiative supports individuals, groups and/or institutions to measure their controllable and uncontrollable carbon emissions, and then to reduce their own carbon footprint or to support carbon sequestration activities conducted by our partners. This initiative aims to directly reduce the impact of emissions on the climate crisis, by transforming personal and organizational behaviors and lifestyles, using approaches backed by science and technology.
Indonesia (national, jurisdictional and individual 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 the 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 human activities are unavoidable, and the production of emissions are inevitable. Therefore, to minimize the impact of carbon emissions, individual and collective efforts are necessary. The average Indonesian releases about 2.09 tons of carbon emissions annually. Hence, how we use daily transportation and how we manage our trees are, among others, two of the main ways to reduce emissions and sequester carbon, respectively, and it all starts with sufficient and easily digestible education.
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 behaviors of communities, businesses and governments to be more aware of their negative environmental impact from daily activities, directly participate in easy actions to help mitigate climate change, and could scale up their positive contribution for the sustainability of current and future societies.
WRI Indonesia is developing methods and tools personalized to Indonesia to measure and track the amount of carbon emissions produced by individuals, groups or institutions. Then, WRI Indonesia followed it up through a collaboration scheme with multiple partners to educate the public on how they can reduce emissions, and for carbon sequestration 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 collaborates with the following organizations to measure, reduce and sequester their stakeholders’ carbon emissions: