Indonesia will lobby China to ask the country to announce its voluntary target of emissions cuts to ward off the expected deadlock on new climate change treaty talks to be held in Copenhagen next month.
State Environment Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta said China played a pivotal role for the success of the Copenhagen talks given rich nations demanded that emerging countries like China commit to a binding target on emissions reduction.
“If China sets a voluntary target on emissions cuts, I believe the United States and others wealthy nations would follow suit,” Gusti said Friday.
He said he had also talked with European ambassadors in Jakarta asking for their support for the key Copenhagen conference, to be held from Dec. 7 to 18.
Indonesia is one of the first developing countries to have announced targets for emissions reductions.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono pledged that Indonesia would cut its emissions by 26 percent by 2020 on a voluntary basis.
Adianto P. Simamora , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Fri, 11/06/2009 9:13 PM | National