Indonesia pledges to reduce emissions


Indonesia is looking to increase its current pledges on cutting emissions growth, a senior government adviser has said.

Home to the world’s third-largest tropical forests, and the biggest palm oil producer, Indonesia will have a key role at the United Nation’s Paris climate conference late this year, which is designed to reach a plan to reduce global warming.

“We intend to increase the contribution and we will do so,” said Rachmat Witoelar, President Joko Widodo’s special envoy for climate change.

“But we have to figure out the timeline.” Indonesia is among the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters because of deforestation, peatland degradation and forest fires. “We are convinced that if we don’t increase the world emissions cuts, the planet will be destroyed,” said Witoelar.