Indonesia Circular Economy Forum is an platform that bring together all decision makers from government, top companies, as well as environmental issues enthusiast to sit together and discuss about the issues and the potential of Indonesia implementing circular economy concept in the future. It aims to raise the awareness of the audiences as well as to identify opportunities to work on the implementation of circular economy in Indonesia
Towards the transition to circular economy
With regard to the Perpres No 27/2017 about National Strategy and Policy (Jakstranas) of household and similar-to-household waste treatment at national, provincial, and regency level, the waste reduction target has been set to 30% and waste handling to 70% by 2025, setting a tone that embodies the principle of the circular economy.
Mr. Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment has stated that Indonesia will be plastic pollution free by 2040, one that embodies the principle of circular economy. Furthermore, the circular economy term has been included in the Medium-Term National Development Plan (RPJMN) Narration of 2020-2024.
Above all of the efforts in transitioning towards circular economy, the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) has declared that Indonesia is starting the first phase of transition by collaborating with Denmark and UNDP since December 2019 until May 2020 that will be followed with three phases, which are: Action Plan, Platform, and International Partnership.
This transition to a circular economy paves way to smart and sustainable cities. Cities and city regions are the hubs for essential flows: of people, information, currency, water, materials, energy, food, and waste. Considering the current situation, it is thus high time for a new, regenerative approach to resource use in the city through circular economy principles.
CONTRIBUTION TO THE SDGs
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been described as "the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all" by 2030. The seventeen goals and associated 169 targets are increasingly being adopted by both public and private sector actors across the globe, as framework for organising and pursuing sustainability initiative. In parallel, the notion of a Circular Economy (CE) as an alternative economic framework has been gaining significant momentum over the last few years, also seen as offering an "approach for achieving local, national, and global sustainability." This growing CE interest is reflected in numerous actors including governments, cities and not least many large multinational companies actively exploring ways to shift to circular economy practices. CE practices can be applied as a "toolbox" for achieving a sizeable number of SDG targets.