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Indonesia unveils carbon calculator tool to spur climate action

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Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (MoTCE), in collaboration with Jejak.in, has launched the Carbon Footprint Calculator (CFPC) platform, which educates the travelling public on their carbon emissions generated during their travels, and ways to offset them.

Jejak.in is a platform assisting businesses to plan, implement and monitor their conservation programmes with AI- and IoT-based solutions.

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The CFPC initiative, which can be accessed via the ministry’s Indonesia.travel page, is part of the authority’s quality and sustainable tourism development programme. In the first phase, the ministry is inviting the public to offset their carbon footprints with tree planting.

Speaking during the launch event, Sandiaga Uno, minister of tourism and creative economy, said he expects the CFPC will improve the reputation of Indonesian tourism and encourage the public to make their travels more climate-friendly.

Stressing the importance of addressing environmental issues, he said: “Although (the ministry does) not have a dedicated sustainability department, sustainability must be embedded in all tourism and creative economic activities. We will make sure that this becomes a national movement to overcome the various crises caused by climate change and to achieve sustainable tourism.”

Noting that tourism contributed eight per cent to carbon emissions globally, Sandiaga invited the travelling community to take note of their carbon footprints when they travel through the usage of CFPC.

Arfan Arlanda, CEO of Jejak.in, expects that the programme will significantly support the fight against climate change and help achieve Indonesia’s emission reduction targets.

“I hope that this initiative can be implemented by all tourism industry practitioners to achieve a huge impact for the country,” he said.

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