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[ Court Decision Orders BLM to Reconsider Allowing Target Shooting in Sonoran Desert National Monument, Directs Agency to Revise its Management Plan to Better Protect Monument Resources and Visitor Safety ]

Michael Reinemer

Ruling two days after oral arguments closed, the Arizona District Court in Phoenix has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to re-examine its decision to allow target shooting throughout Sonoran Desert National Monument.

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[ Sustainable Cities: Challenges and Opportunities in Jakarta ]

By Jon Heggie

 

JAKARTA, Indonesia–Some of Indonesia’s foremost thought leaders on sustainability, energy and environment convened in Jakarta for “Sustainable Cities: Challenges and Opportunities in Jakarta,” a roundtable discussion on how we plan, create and manage the sustainable city of the future from an energy perspective.

The experts were invited by National Geographic and Shell, partners in the Great Energy Challenge, which has been sponsoring gatherings around the world to consider big energy questions. Taking a global view but with a focus on Jakarta and Indonesia, the forum in February 2015 addressed overarching themes of energy demand and reducing carbon emissions, while considering the role of smart planning, including the transformation of infrastructure and transportation and the adoption of new systems and technologies.

 

Clay Chandler, The Barrenrock Group, moderates the roundtable discussion. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Clay Chandler, The Barrenrock Group, moderates the roundtable discussion. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Wendy Koch, National Geographic Senior Energy Editor. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Wendy Koch, National Geographic Senior Energy Editor. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

 

A global context for the discussion was provided by Wendy Koch, Senior Energy Editor, National Geographic. Koch explained that as the world’s population soars, Indonesia is expected to remain the world’s fourth most populous country, bringing increased demand for food and energy. With around 15 percent of Indonesians having no access to the electric grid, the country is racing to boost its power production. This is currently mostly based on coal—Indonesia is the world’s largest coal exporter—which is contributing to air pollution in Jakarta.

Koch noted that Jakarta is sinking and its flooding problems have led to the U.S.$40 billion Great Garuda project to build a taller sea wall. Koch also referenced the construction of the Net Zero 99-story Pertamina Energy Tower, which opens up to the sky with a wind tunnel.

Koch highlighted that Indonesia has enormous geothermal potential and has introduced a new geothermal law to spur development. However, Indonesia is still a net importer of oil, raising the question of whether falling global oil prices and reduced gasoline subsidies will provide the financial savings to enable Indonesia to invest in alternate energy sources.

Moderator, Clay Chandler, with the Barrenrock Group, then launched the forum, guiding the discussion with a number of questions:

  • What are the biggest energy issues facing Indonesia’s cities?
  • How do we power Indonesia’s cities of the future?
  • How do we meet growing energy demand with an eye for the environment?
  • How do we develop resilient cities adaptive to the impacts of climate change?
  • How can Jakarta manage the impact of urban sprawl?
  • What’s next for improving transport efficiencies in Indonesia’s cities?

 

I Made Ro Sakya, PLN. Photograph by Rony Zakaria. 

I Made Ro Sakya, PLN. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Naning S. Adiningsih Adiwoso, Green Building Council Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Naning S. Adiningsih Adiwoso, Green Building Council Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

 

Key challenges surfaced during the roundtable discussion included the need to address gridlock wasting time and energy, and the need to electrify several thousand islands. Among the solutions discussed were establishing trust in government and reducing subsidies for petrol and perhaps electricity as a spur to greater energy efficiency and green buildings. Other ideas include increasing government funding for basic infrastructure, better city design and better land use being really the key for limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Left to right: Ketut Sarjanaputra, Conservation International Indonesia; John Russell, Shell; Utama Kajo, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Indonesia (KADIN) and Transparency International Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Left to right: Ketut Sarjana Putra, Conservation International Indonesia; John Russell, Shell; Utama Kajo, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Indonesia (KADIN) and Transparency International Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Komara Djaja, University of Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Komara Djaja, University of Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Andriah Feby Misna, Directorate General of New Energy, Renewable and Energy Conservation, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Andriah Feby Misna, Directorate General of New Energy, Renewable and Energy Conservation, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

 

Unique Challenge

Indonesia faces the unique challenge of having a projected 300 million people dispersed across thousands of islands. This complicates energy supply and infrastructure, further exacerbated by a particular vulnerability to natural disaster. The rapid growth of its cities, especially medium-size cities, sees projections of 75 percent of the population concentrated in urban areas by 2030. Cities already produce up to 60 percent of Indonesia’s GDP so city planning is crucial.

However, the country’s cities are poorly designed, with aging and inadequate infrastructure and major inefficiencies. There is large-scale development without regard for the environment, including extensive urban sprawl: 40 percent of Indonesians describe their city as unlivable. Better city design can foster good habits, such as using public transport, but this relies on successfully implementing sustainable action, and requires greater collaboration between public and private sectors—with the latter driving development especially in creating green and smart cities. There is widespread public distrust of government and business following years of mismanagement; however, the new government is addressing this positively.

 

Hanan Nugroho, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS). Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Hanan Nugroho, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS). Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

 

One bold move is the reduction and removal of fuel subsidies in place for decades and worth 2.5 percent of GDP. The low price of petrol and electricity has led to energy not being valued by consumers and so widespread waste is endemic. Education and trust are central to solving this. There are varied suggestions of what should replace subsidies, including following the market price, limited targeted subsidies, and a fixed price system. There are calls to protect the poorest consumers from sudden change, including using the estimated U.S.$10-30 billion saved to improve public health thereby improving productivity and income.

Strong arguments were also made for infrastructure investment, both in energy to connect the 15 percent of Indonesians without electricity, and in transport where gridlock looms by 2020 and congestion costs billions of U.S. dollars and is hampering economic growth.

Increased urbanization is contributing to an annual 8-9 percent increase in energy demand, which is not being met. The government plans to add 35GW, around 300 power plants, to the nation’s capacity, but transmission challenges across the archipelago makes localized solutions essential. These would largely be fossil-fuel based, and may tap into Indonesia’s vast supply of coal.

 

Moray McLeish, PwC Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Moray McLeish, PwC Indonesia. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Amy Long, Shell. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Amy Long, Shell. Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

 

Solar and hydro projects are being contemplated, and Indonesia has a huge geothermal potential of which only 3 percent is currently exploited. However, it was suggested that renewables could not meet Indonesia’s demand quickly enough and so fossil fuels will dominate the next 10-15 years.

Nor does national energy policy promote renewables and there is a track record of poor maintenance of power projects. Improvements are urgently needed to increase sustainability and minimize bureaucracy. This could be supported by a major government initiative to improve broadband infrastructure, an essential component of the smart grid, and beyond that the smart city.

 

Sibarani Sofian, AECOM Indonesia and Thomas Suhartanto, PT Pertamina (Persero). Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

Sibarani Sofian, AECOM Indonesia and Thomas Suhartanto, PT Pertamina (Persero). Photograph by Rony Zakaria.

 

Expert Interviews

Go here to watch experts from the Jakarta event discuss their perspectives on issues related to sustainable city development in Indonesia.

 

Check Back Soon

The complete event summary publication from our Big Energy Question forum in Jakarta will be available for download soon. Be sure to check back here for more details and updates.

 

Great Energy Challenge Indonesia Coverage

Read more about energy and Indonesia through our recent Great Energy Challenge stories and blogs below.

 

Participants in the Jakarta Big Energy Question Discussion

NANING S. ADININGSIH ADIWOSO, Chairperson, Green Building Council Indonesia (GBC Indonesia)

DONO BOESTAMI, President Director, PT MRT Jakarta

DAVID BRAUN, Director, Digital Outreach, National Geographic

KOEN BROERSMA, Project Manager Urban Water, Royal HaskoningDHV

CLAY CHANDLER, Managing Director, The Barrenrock Group

TORY DAMANTORO, Environment Transport Policy Specialist, Indonesia Transport Society

SUYONO DIKUN, Member, Executive Board, Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Development and Professor, Transport and Infrastructure Management, University of Indonesia

KOMARA DJAJA, Head, Graduate Program in Urban Studies and Chairman, Urban and Regional Research Center, Graduate Program of Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Indonesia

BERNARDUS DJONOPUTRO, President, Indonesian Assoc. of Urban and Regional Planners and Managing Director, HD Asia Advisory

RACHMAT SUGANDI HAMDANI, Executive Director, Indonesian Institute for Energy Economics (IIEE)

UTAMA KAJO, Chairman, Standing Committee on Land Use and Land Title Utilization, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Indonesia (KADIN) and Vice Chairman, Transparency International Indonesia

RAJ KANNAN, Managing Director, Tusk Advisory

ASHLEY KING, Environment Officer, USAID Indonesia

WENDY KOCH, Senior Energy Editor, National Geographic

AMY LONG, Business Innovation Manager, Shell

MORAY MCLEISH, Director and Technical Advisor, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC Indonesia

ANDRIAH FEBY MISNA, Deputy Director, Technical Guidance and Energy Efficiency Cooperation, Directorate of Energy Conservation, Directorate General of New Energy, Renewable and Energy Conservation, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources

HANAN NUGROHO, Senior Planner, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS)

DANNY PRADITYA, President Director, PGN Gagas

WIDHYAWAN PRAWIRAATMADJA, Special Advisor to Minister and Head, Performance Management Unit, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources

KETUT SARJANA PUTRA, Vice President, Conservation International Indonesia

I MADE RO SAKYA, Head, System Planning Division, PLN

JOHN RUSSELL, Global Manager, City Development Project, Shell

WIDITA SARDJONO, Partner, Global Business Services, PT IBM Indonesia

SIBARANI SOFIAN, ST., MUDD, Executive Director, Building + Places, AECOM Indonesia

THOMAS SUHARTANTO, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development, New & Renewable Energy Directorate, PT Pertamina (Persero)

NUGROHO TRI UTOMO, Director of Housing and Settlements, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS)

JAN VAN REES, ICT Consultant, World Bank

DARWINA WIDJAJANTI, Consultant, Capacity Building for Sustainability

WAYAH WIROTO, Market Development Director, GE Indonesia

 

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[ Mama Earth friendly coffee break… ]

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This is really cool. I’d love to see Starbucks and more  get into this….

“Start-up has created an eco-friendly coffee cup that can hopefully balance out the damage caused by the plastic Keurig K-CupsAccording to Forbes, Reduce. Reuse. Grow. — which is based in San Luis Obispo, Calif. — invented a cup that can help regrow forests. The cups are embedded with seeds. When users are finished with their drink, if they place the cup in a specified bin, the start-up will “ensure that those cups are planted in three nature parks in California.” Each cup completely biodegrades in 180 days and can grow one tree.

Forbes notes that Americans drink nearly 400 million cups of coffee per day, which results in the use of 140 billion cups each year. If Reduce. Reuse. Grow. can convince big brands like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts to use seed cups, it could create industry-wide change. However, the cups cost two cents each, which is one cent more than conventional cups. While that does not seem like a huge difference, it effectively doubles the cost of a company’s cup budget.” Click here for more.. “

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[ New attacks: Congress tries to sell off public lands ]

Lawmakers are bowing to special interest groups, attempting to forward the sale or transfer of public lands including wilderness areas, wildlife refuges and national forests to state and local governments.

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[ New plan protects areas in northwest Colorado, but opens others to drilling ]

The Bureau of Land Management is instituting a new Master Leasing Plan for an area outside Dinosaur National Monument. Large areas of wild lands in northwest Colorado will now be protected, but the new plan also opens up several sensitive areas to oil and gas drilling.

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[ Study: best carbon solution is trees ]

Their study, released earlier this year, looked at various methods such as capturing emissions from factories, extracting carbon directly from the air, a

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[ Global Warming meets Ballet… ]

Getting people to recognize the issue of ‘Climate Change’ through art is becoming more and more popular. This is a project that is doing it through the art of Ballet! Pretty cool:…

 

“Iknow scientists are frustrated,” Karole Armitage, the famed dancer and choreographer, explained over the phone. “They’ve been giving the facts for more than 25 years and it hasn’t changed behavior.”

Armitage is talking about climate change, and for good reason. She’s currently staging a site-specific dance performance at New York’s sprawling American Museum of Natural History, a work that is not-so-subtly aimed at raising awareness of our planet’s shifting reality. Titled “On the Nature of Things,” the work was created in collaboration with Stanford University biologist and MacArthur Genius Paul Ehrlich, perhaps better known to mainstream audiences as the man who wrote The Population Bomb.

Together, the two icons — one popularly referred to as a “punk ballerina,” the other a stringent cultural activist who happens to spend most of his time in laboratories — hope to demonstrate that the simple act of presenting scientific facts has done little to change the way humans interact with their environment. We need a new method of presenting climate change as an issue we can’t ignore, they attest. And that method should include art.” More here… 

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[ BLM releases Dinosaur Trail Master Leasing Plan ]

Neil Shader

The following statement on the BLM’s White River RMP Amendment can be attributed to Nada Culver, Senior Director of Agency Policy and Planning for The Wilderness Society.

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[ Coming this summer to ATX! ]

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The Tarrytown bar won’t have meat on the menu.

Farm-to-table eating and drinking now applies to bars with the impending opening of vegan-friendly The Beer Plant, where everything will stem from greenery. The “100% plant derived” gastropub aims to only offer herbivore options, with no meat in sight.

According to a press release, they are looking to “highlight the celebratory and sensual aspects of plant-based eating.” Menu items will potentially include vegetable pot pies, Irish lager stew, and curry bowls. The bar will offer a range of craft beers, highlighting sour, farmhouse, and session beers. Also included are local wines and greenery-focused cocktails.

Co-owner and Austinite Ray McMackin will run The Beer Plant with his wife, Sarah McMackin. She also works for Oldways , a nonprofit focused on food and nutrition education. The team includes McMackin’s brother, Blaise, who ran Tap 41 and another plant-focused restaurant The Green Bar, both in Florida.

The bar/restaurant will be located in Tarrytown at 3110 Windsor Road, taking over the former Austin Java. The McMackins aim to open The Beer Plant by late summer. The full press release click here!

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[ Conservation in danger again as Congress debates budget ]

The U.S. Senate is debating its fiscal year 2016 budget resolution, a process that will include amendments affecting important programs that support forests, parks and conservation priorities.

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