Jakarta: Enhanced Cooperation for Eco-Industrial Parks Targets Net Zero Emissions by 2050

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Industry Ministry of Indonesia has renewed its collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in a significant move to establish eco-industrial parks (EIP). This initiative aims to achieve the ambitious net zero emissions target by 2050. Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita emphasized the importance of adopting the eco-industrial park concept across industrial areas to meet this long-term environmental goal.

According to Antara News Agency, the Industry Ministry officially signed the Project Document for the Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme Phase II—Indonesia: Country-Level Intervention Project 2024-2028 in Jakarta last Friday, November 3. This marks the commencement of the second phase of the Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme (GEIPP), a UNIDO initiative demonstrating the advantages of environmentally conscious industrial areas in terms of economic, environmental, and social performance, contributing to inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

The first phase of the GEIPP project in Indonesia, initiated in 2020, is concluding this year. The upcoming phase, set to start on January 1, 2024, will introduce two additional pilot projects in the Medan Industrial Area (KIM) and the Deltamas Greenland International Industrial Center (GIIC). The phase also includes the establishment of an EIP Center at the PIDI 4.0 building in South Jakarta and an EIP program for greenfield investment industrial areas.

To facilitate the EIP implementation, the ministry enacted Industry Minister's Regulation Number 3174 of 2022, creating a Cross-Ministerial Forum for the Acceleration of EIP Development. This forum involves 11 pertinent ministries and agencies, tasked with generating input, designs, and concepts for EIP in Indonesia and providing guidelines for stakeholders in eco-industrial park development.

The ministerial regulation is intended to serve as a technical guide for implementing EIPs in Indonesia. Eko S.A. Cahyanto, the ministry's Director General of Resilience, Regional, and Access to Industries, expressed optimism that the second phase of the GEIPP program would positively impact the sustainable development of Indonesian industry. Additionally, it aligns with the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) target under the Paris Agreement, aiming to transform existing industrial areas into smart eco-industrial parks with a focus on environmental, economic, and social performance, enhanced connectivity, communication, and digital transformation, while minimizing environmental impacts.