The Government of Indonesia, specifically, PAGE-partner the Environmental Affairs of the Indonesia Ministry of National Development Planning / BAPPENAS, participated in the Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum on the Environment and Climate Change, held by the OECD on 15 – 16 September 2020.
BAPPENAS Director Dr. Medrilzam presented the country’s experience on planning for a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, aligned with its Low Carbon Development Initiative. With COP26 deferred to 2021, the virtual Global Forum encourages continued discussion on climate action, particularly covering Common Reporting Tables (CRTs) for the reporting of national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, and how to encourage a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic .
Dr. Medrilzam, the Director of Environmental Affairs of the Indonesia Ministry of National Development Planning/BAPPENAS, presented alongside representatives from New Zealand, Nigeria, and South Korea within the session: Country experiences: Sustainable Covid-19 Recovery and Climate Action — sharing how Indonesia is integrating recovery strategy through ‘Building Back Better with Low Carbon Development Initiative (LCDI)”.
While the economic slowdown from COVID-19 has resulted in an emissions reduction in 2020 to around 29.5%, economic recovery following the outbreak would likely see an emissions rebound in 2022. However,the Government shared that it may still achieve the 2030 target by implementing a “Build Back Better with Low Carbon Development” scenario.
The Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) is a forum for promoting dialogue and enhancing understanding between a wide range of countries on technical issues in the international climate change negotiations and has been providing analysis of climate change issues since 1993. The Global Forum provides a space outside of the UNFCCC negotiations for participants to develop a shared understanding of provisions in the Paris Agreement and how these might be implemented.