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Potential revenue in Indonesian plastic waste

By 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish, if we continue our current pollution rate. Indonesia has the second highest plastic pollution rate in the world. A new Danish-Indonesian cooperation will help turn this development around.

“There is a strong need for us to make an effort to help the Indonesian authorities handle their massive challenges with garbage disposal. Yesterday, I saw the challenges in the Bay of Jakarta. It is sad to see, how much garbage and plastic is disposed into the oceans. This is why I have launched a new governmental cooperation concerning water and waste in Indonesia. With this initiative, we contribute to reduce the plastic pollution rate in the oceans, while enabling Danish companies to earn money on Indonesian waste”, says Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs.

The new Danish governmental cooperation has an emphasis on waste management, recycling and conversion of waste to energy. Danish authorities will inspire and share their knowledge with Indonesian authorities regarding waste policy, waste management and public regulations including extra fees on garbage bags and the implementation of bottle recycling systems.

“We need to generously share our experiences with converting garbage to energy. It is an area, where Denmark are probably world champions. We import garbage, which we convert to heat and electricity in Danish households. We need to teach people in Indonesia these things, at the benefit of both the environment and our economy. This type of cooperation is both innovative and modern. It is a very good 21st century tool for foreign affairs”, says Ulla Tørnæs and adds that Indonesia is already demanding Danish solutions.

Danish companies like DESMI, DONG Energy, Rambøll, Grundfos, Babcock&Wilcox Vølund and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Miljøstyrelsen) have already visited Jakarta to present solutions on plastic pollution for the local authorities and The World Bank.
Danish companies have also been involved in pilot studies under the Danish Environment Program that work to replace coal with household waste and to convert landfill gas to electricity.

“Agency cooperation and the involvement of the Danish business community are key components of the Danish development strategy. In growth countries like Indonesia, Danish solutions can make a decisive difference. We wish to include the full power of the Danish society in the development cooperation. Including our private sector”, Ulla Tørnæs states.

According to the minister, the Danish development strategy follows UN’s 17 new Sustainable Development Goals. These goals are universal and count for all countries. “These environmental issues do not recognize land borders. This is true for the plastic pollution. However, it is also true for our solutions. Solutions that Danish companies can earn money on”, says Ulla Tørnæs.
With the governmental cooperation, Denmark will send out a Danish growth advisor with expert knowledge on waste and water to the Danish embassy in Jakarta. From here on, Denmark will start up a close collaboration between the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, The Danish Environmental Protection Agency - and their Indonesian counterparts.

For additional press information:
Marianne Lynghøj Pedersen, special advisor for the Minister for Development Cooperation:
+45 42485158;
Poul Kjar, press advisor: +45 41865975

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