Indonesia steps up commitment to fight climate change at #COP21

JAKARTA, Indonesia – As the final draft of a potential global climate agreement was released at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, Indonesia expressed confidence it would be able to achieve its commitment to helping achieve reduced global warming.

Rachmat Witoelar, Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, said Indonesia supports the 1.5°C warming cap in the agreement instead of its previously committed 2°C.

“Yes, we're still on 2 degrees on our INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution), but we'll be moving towards 1.5,” he said.

Scientists say a 1.5°C cap would curb the effects of global warming.

“We are confident that in due time we can develop the alternative energies that are abundant in Indonesia and also restore the degraded land and coastal areas,” he added.

Witoelar also said Indonesia was very active in the negotiations.

“Indonesia has become the fulcrum of opinions among those developing as well as developed countries. Indonesia has gained its strategy as I expressed in the High Level opening session, in Ambition, Differentiation and Means of Support,” he said.

He acknowledged that “Indonesia is well aware that the COP Results will not be maximum” but said it
“realizes that its position can be the landing zone of developing as well as developed countries because we value the position of not maintaining an extreme position.”

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius described the final draft of the potential deal as “air, durable, dynamic, balanced, and legally binding.”

The text will now undergo close scrutiny by negotiators, experts, and observers here, as well as by the rest of the world.

If adopted, Fabius said the document – as well as the COP21 – will be seen as a "turning point" in the history of the global battle against climate change.

"We need to show the world that our collective effort is worth more than the sum of our individual actions," he told the plenary.

Indonesia is the world’s 6th-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and it’s climate commitment is an important piece of the global response to climate change. – Rappler.com/with reports from Agence France-Presse