Indef Asks Govt to Form Environmental Committee in Omnibus Law Derivative Rules


Hundreds of students from various universities stage a protest against the Omnibus Law on Job Creation around the Horse Statue area in Monas, Jakarta, Tuesday, November 10, 2020. TEMPO/Subekti


Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) research director Berly Martawardaya asked the government to issue derivative rules of the Job Creation Omnibus Law that guaranteedenvironmental sustainability. He urged the government to establish a special committee.

If possible, there should be a committee comprising experts and community leaders so that the government will not only accommodate investors interests but also the environment’s, said Berly in a virtual discussion with Greenpeace Indonesia on Friday, November 13, 2020.

Moreover, as the largest palm oil and coal producers, Indonesia contributed to greenhouse gas emissions, he said. Berly assessedthe government could accelerate the realization of its new and renewable energy (EBT) program.

The EBT program isconsidered to be able to suppress the countrys dependence on energy imports. The ESDM (Energy and Mineral Resources) Ministrys target for the EBT program has onlyreached 9 percent. This is difficult and challenging, but it does not mean it is impossible, Berly explained.