Carbon Trade Denounced by The Indonesian Forum for Environment as a Ruse

WALHI stated that bigger countries should hold bigger roles to reduce their own emission instead of shifting the responsibility through carbon trades.

The Indonesian Forum for the Living Environment (WALHI) opposes the plan for carbon trading and carbon offsets, which will be discussed at the COP26 climate change conference being held in Glasgow, 1-2 November 2021. WALHI considers the discourse to be an excuse from bigger countries to evade bigger responsibilities.

WALHI is the largest and oldest environmental advocacy NGO in Indonesia.

"We think that the offset mechanism and carbon trading will actually lead to further injustice, in the context of negotiations and agreements on climate change," said WALHI's Climate Justice Campaign Manager, Yuyun Harmono, as quoted from Tempo, Sunday, October 31, 2021.

Yuyun elaborated that the offset mechanism and carbon trading will divert attention from the actual efforts to demand responsibility from developed industrialized countries. WALHI urges the bigger nations to reduce emissions drastically in their own jurisdictions.

WALHI stated that the carbon trade will also shift the responsibility of developed countries to help transforming developing countries' economies so that they will not replicate the high-carbon economic capital of developed countries.

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"So the direction towards low-carbon development must also be encouraged by providing concrete funding (from developed countries)," said Yuyun. This is in accordance with the mandate of the Paris Agreement.

WALHI accused developed countries that they have no good will to seriously discuss the economics transformation funding issue. The commitment to provide US$ 100 billion from 23 developed countries has never been achieved. The latest report states that only 80 percent of this has been fulfilled and that most of it is used to finance project activities based on mitigation.

"Unfortunately, most of it is given in the form of debt, not in the form of grants. This means that it is not international cooperation, but an attempt to trap developing countries in the debt mechanism," said Yuyun.
Yuyun  also stated that the burdening factor for developing countries to transform their economy is the debt burden that must be paid. This has never been seriously discussed in the consideration of developed countries in developing their international cooperation.

"The mechanism of carbon trading and offsets is a gap in efforts to reduce emissions more drastically and quickly," concluded Yuyun. 

Meanwhile, Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has landed at Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday (31/10/2021), at around 21.40 local time. 

Previously in G20 Summit in Rome, Italy, the president stated that Indonesia wants the G20 to set an example and to work together to tackle climate change and manage the environment sustainably with concrete actions. Jokowi has also committed to restore 600,000 ha mangrove forests as part of the carbon sink management.