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The 2nd Circular Economy Forum (CEF) 2018
Supporting the work of implementing the circular economy concept in Indonesia’s diverse sectors—mainly concerning on the waste management process—Waste 4 Change organized the 2nd Indonesia Circular Economy Forum (CEF) on June 28-30th, 2018, at Grand City Convex Surabaya. The event was held as a part of Indo Waste 2018 Expo & Forum, was attended by 450 participants, and was assisted by experts and practitioners from all related fields which have gladly shared their knowledge and insights on stage.
Following up on the 1st CEF event which also organized by Waste 4 Change, this year’s CEF proposing “Redefining Waste Management: from Trash to Resources Management” as the main theme along with 3 key matters to discuss:
- Indonesia’s future plan on waste management which leads to the implementation of Jakstranas 2018-2025 programme
- Indonesia’s plastic waste and marine debris countermeasures
- Indonesia’s latest efforts on the occasion of the circular economy era
Important Notes from the 2nd CEF 2018
From the law enforcement, various government sectors, all through the local environmental NGOs, observers, and philanthropist, the 2nd CEF 2018 was enlivened by the presence of great speakers and participants—willing to discuss their concerns and latest updates about the implementation of circular economy in their respective field. Among the event’s many precious inventions and case studies, there are several important things to keep in mind:
- One of Indonesia’s main urges on implementing circular economy is how our country wish to maintain its economic growth for more than 5% rate without sacrificing our social values and environmental sustainability.
- The circular economy concept is closely related to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG6, SDG7, SDG8, SDG12, and SDG15.
- A study by Jenna Jambeck which published on 2015 has mentioned Indonesia as one of the world’s biggest waste generator with the lowest understanding rate on good waste management process, thus, making Indonesians responsible for letting an excessive amount of the waste into the sea. The years of unawareness have putting Indonesia on the 2nd position of countries with the most polluted ocean—right after China.
- Considering the alarming state of Indonesia’s polluted ocean, our government has established a sustainable roadmap plan and has allocated funds worth to 1 billion USD in order to reduce up to 70% of our plastic ocean waste in the year of 2025.
- Among other countries, Indonesia is the 2nd biggest organic garbage generator, but more on the food loss, not the food waste. Food loss typically takes place at the production, storage, processing, and distribution stages in the food value chain, whereas food waste refers to food that is of good quality and fit for consumption, but does not get consumed because it is discarded―either before or after it is left to spoil.
After much fruitful debates and discussions, the 3-day event came up with several recommended actions as summarized below:
- To ensure a continuous circular economy implementation, all key parties involved must put on many efforts on sharing their knowledge with each other, finding adequate solutions, establishing new business model, and developing new regulations/advocations.
- The circular economy should foremostly be based on equality, transparency, mutual benefits.
- The use of digital technologies is highly recommended in disseminating the benefits and importance of the circular economy to the world nowadays.
- The concept of the circular economy needs to be educated as early as possible to the future generations.
- Circular economy implementation needs to be actively included in the local budget plan (Rencana Anggaran Daerah – RAD).
Achieving Behavior Change in Indonesia Waste Management
By arranging a discussion and sharing session with every party involved on the implementation of circular economy, Waste4Change wish to achieve our goal of ensuring behavior change in waste management with collaboration and technology towards zero-waste Indonesia. The 2nd Indonesia Circular Economy Forum (CEF) 2018, however, was materialized by the interest of our fellow organizers, sponsors, speakers, and all the eager participants. Therefore, Waste4change would like to express our thanks to all parties involved in the 2nd Indonesia Circular Economy Forum (CEF) 2018. We will see you at our next movement towards zero-waste Indonesia!