Games As Motivation to Accelerate the Emission Reduction

Bogor, August 31th, 2018

Fighting the climate change, currently becoming a major concern issue at the global level. The new innovation to keep the emission under control is made on many occasions, even in Asian Games 2018. Asian Games 2018 is being held in two cities in Indonesia, Jakarta, and Palembang. The big event usually consumes a lot of electricity, and this will lead to the higher risk of increasing emission from the energy sectors. Aware of this issues the solar cell power plant (PLTS) is built in Jakabaring, South Sumatera. This solar electricity has the capacity of 2 mW and becoming the biggest the solar cell power plant in Sumatera.

According to the Governor of South Sumatera, Alex Noerdin solar cell power plant is said could convert the usage of fossil energy. "172.000 liters of BBM can be saved, and changed into (using) the energy from solar and its free," said The Governor of South Sumatera, Alex Noerdin, Saturday, June 30th, 2018.

This power plant is estimated could produce 1.897 MWh/ year, and it is also estimated could reduce the emission by 1.303 ton CO2/year. Jakabaring solar cell power plant is built under the JCM scheme. From the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources websites, stated that the total investment of this project was 139 million USD, where 83 million USD was from private sectors investment and 56 million USD was a subsidy from Japan Government. This project was started in 2017 and already operated since April 10th, 2018.

A Carbon Neutral Game

Using the big event to reduce the emission is not only done by Indonesia, Japan as the main host for the upcoming Olympic 2020 also planning to reduce emission from the Olympic event. In an interview, Member of International Olympic Committee President, Japanese Olympic Committee Tsunekazu Takeda said that the aim of the Tokyo 2020 games is to be a carbon-neutral game. "This will be achieved, by reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, using renewable energy sources, public transport, and low-energy vehicles," he said as stated in the Climate action programme websites.

One of the initiatives to make this happen is by installing solar panel road to support the electricity for the upcoming Olympic games. The solar paneling has already been installed for a trial in the Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture by a Seven-Eleven. It is stated that the solar road system can generate 16.145 kWh per year. Although it is quite expensive, Japan has decided to continue their plan.

Along with solar road plan Japan also planned to make zero waste in their next Olympic event by implementing waste management strategy with 5R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover Energy, and Restoring Urban Nature). They also provided several plan in order to implement sustainability concept for the games, including using mobile phone waste to make the medals.


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