IPB University Professor: 14 Years Away Greenhouse Gases Fill the Atmosphere

The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is close to 400 mega ppm of the total quota that can be accommodated, which is 1500 mega tons of ppm. If the pattern of development in the world does not change immediately, in the next 14 years, that number will be fulfilled. This was conveyed by Prof. Rizaldi Boer, Permanent Professor, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) IPB University at the International Symposium on Ecocity Bogor at Savero Hotel Bogor, (22/3).

"We are racing with time. At present it is estimated that 50 percent of world emissions are contributed by Asian countries that are developing. The world hopes that we will develop low carbon. So that by 2050 it is expected that there will be no more emissions. The point is, we cannot let emissions continue to increase because it will threaten the lives of our grandchildren, "he said.

According to him, with scientific support, we must be able to synchronize all city development plans and see the implications related to the issue of climate change. In the national context, Indonesia must reduce 29 percent of its emissions. Besides using low-carbon technology, the easiest effort is to change behavior.

"The Bogor City Government has made efforts such as changing transportation modes from microbus to minibus, has made pedestrians and bicycle lanes. But how big is the impact of these efforts that we want to make as a baseline reference. That must be answered. Of course we need a good understanding from the city government in order to develop a measurable strategy, "he said.

The event was held thanks to the collaboration of IPB University with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Regional Government of Bogor City, the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), the Japanese Ministry of Environment and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). Through this event, it is hoped that creative minds will emerge who are encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences about the best ways to respond to challenges in climate change. This symposium gathers stakeholders who play an important role, who will play a role and open opportunities to meet this global challenge.

In his presentation, Prof. Fujita Tsuyoshi from NIES, Japan said that all earthlings are facing a global warming disaster. But in Japan, there are already many environmentally friendly technologies that can be emulated or technology transfers to combat global warming.

Meanwhile, Vice Rector for Cooperation and Information Systems, IPB University, Prof. Dodik R. Nurrochmat said that since 2015, IPB University has launched the Green Campus 2020. The main objective of IPB University Green Campus is to realize IPB University as a conducive campus for a learning environment, friendly, comfortable and safe. Support sustainable agro-tourism.

"Many programs have been launched and tested at Dramaga's IPB University Campus to achieve green transportation, green movement, green energy and green buildings or open spaces. "It is expected that IPB University will gradually become a Green Campus in 2020," he added.

According to him, IPB University has also implemented a number of community development programs related to reducing carbon emissions to communities around campus and off campus in collaboration with various national and international parties.

"The target of IPB University is how the development goals can be achieved, at the same time we can reduce our emissions, this is the baseline of how we can reduce it in the national context," he said. (NR)

Published Date : 27-Mar-2019

Resource Person : Prof. Rizaldi Boer

Keyword : greenhouse gas emissions, warming global, ecocity, IPB University Green Campus