Implementing a “Circular Economy” in Indonesia through commitment among stakeholders

(photo: Prive. Doc)

IO – The Greeneration Foundation once again held an Indonesia Cir­cular Economy Forum (ICEF) for the third time at the Pullman Hotel Jakarta, 11-12 November 2019. The forum, set upon the theme “Towards a Sustainable Future through Circu­lar Business Practices”, was intend­ed to accelerate the implementation of a circular economy in Indonesia.

Generation Foundation Founder M. Bijaksana Junerosano stressed the need for Indonesian state poli­cy to integrate Long-Term and Me­dium-Term Plans with economic, environmental and social policies in the effort to realize SDGs. “Change into a circular economy requires the participation of all parties. Through this forum, we present a variety of speakers who will help identify chal­lenges and potentials of the circular economy in Indonesia,” he promised.

In his opening remarks, Coordi­nating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut B. Pandjaitan observed that implementing a circu­lar economy in our current econom­ic condition offers Indonesia various advantages, such as adding value.

Charge d’Affaires a.i. of the Nor­wegian Embassy Mr. Bjamar Dahl Hotvedt said “The use of efficient data sources is very logical econom­ically; therefore, the government must actively promote the develop­ment of the circular economy as an absolute prerequisite for creating a prosperous society, while protect­ing our planet. A circular economy is a future projection, one that will not happen soon; therefore, we need examples, inspiration, and mutual learning. This is what we will get from Indonesia Circular Economy Forum, and that is also the reason why this forum is important.”

EU Ambassador to Indonesia HE Vincent Piket said, “The transi­tion from linear concepts to circular economy is the only step towards the future. The earth’s ecosystem has already carried such a huge bur­den. Currently humans have used the earth’s resources 1.7 times more than can be replaced naturally. Cir­cular Economy has become a major element in industrial activity and the economic strategy of the European Union. In the midst of a world with limited resources, the transition to a circular economy is also very likely to occur in Indonesia. We can work together to accelerate and facilitate these changes, together. “

In line with Norway and the Euro­pean Union, the Danish Ambassador to Indonesia, HE Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen stressed “Now we have a better understanding that circular flow ultimately inspires innovative ways of designing, producing, build­ing and consuming material, which can ultimately reduce the amount of waste. This can create new op­portunities for the private sector, and in the long run can reduce state ex­penditure related to waste manage­ment. This is certainly very good for the economy. Therefore, I feel happy with the collaboration between Den­mark and Indonesia in this agenda. This is why Denmark is committed to contributing to studies that ex­plore the potential of Indonesia in implementing the concept of the Cir­cular Economy,” he explained.

PRAISE Chairperson, Sinta Ka­niawati, added, “The transition from a linear economy to a circular econ­omy brings challenges as well as opportunities for Extended Stake­holder Responsibility (ESR), namely Industry, Government and Society. PRAISE believes that post-consump­tion packaging has a major role in the circular economic chain. Strate­gic and systemic post-consumption packaging handling will not only prevent environmental degradation, but also open up investment and employment opportunities, while from the industrial sector, the cir­cular economy can help businesses run sustainably and responsibly, PRAISE has been an ICEF partner since the first forum, which is held, to invite stakeholders to collaborate with each other and support the im­plementation of the circular econo­my in Indonesia. “ (Haris Winarto, Editor:BB)