On February 25-27 2009, two PCFV staff members visited Jakarta, Indonesia to discuss UNEP's latest initiative, the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) and to support the consensus-developing process and initiation of anIndonesian Steering Committee for a GFEI project in Indonesia. The initiative includes a strong PCFV component.
There was strong support for setting up of a Steering Committee with high level individuals from the relevant Ministries to look at the issues proposed by UNEP - PCFV and a Steering Committee (SC) was formed and subsequently held its first meeting on 27th February 2009. It was proposedthat the SC be supported by 3 Technical working groups that would also incorporate relevant stakeholders from civil society and private sector.
The UNEP - PCFV initiatives come at an opportune time when Indonesia, also focusing on energy use, air pollution and climate change and also have several initiatives taking place. These include; the launch an
Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) project in April 2009 by UNCRD; a Blue Sky Cities Award initiated by the Ministry of Environment for monitoring of urban air quality, vehicle emissions and transport management systems; implementation of environmentally sustainable transport through the development of bus rapid transport and/or mass rapid transport systems in several cities including Bogor, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Manado, Denpasar and Makassar by the Department of Transportation; the creation of a Working Group on Climate Change within the Ministry of Finance -Fiscal Policy Office to study and map out fiscal issues that impact on, and are impacted by, climate change.
A Presidential Directive was also recently issued on the national energy mix, requiring fossil fuels to go from 52% to 20% of the total mix by the year 2025. In addition, a National Energy Council was recently set up with one of its objectives being to decrease energy usage in Indonesia.
For more on PCFV activities in Asia see: http://www.unep.org/pcfv/regions/Asiapacific.asp