Fajarasia.co – The DPR has built a Solar Power Plant (PLTS) to meet the additional electricity needs of the people’s representative building. According to the Chairperson of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Puan Maharani, the use of solar panels in the parliament complex is the council’s commitment in an effort to save the earth from the threat of climate change.
Puan said, the DPR must lead and set an example of real efforts in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are on the world agenda.
“Including through environmentally friendly policies, one of which is the use of Solar Power Plants (PLTS) as a form of emission reduction within the parliament itself,” said Puan, Thursday (29/9/2022).
The solar panels on the PLTS are installed in the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, precisely at the DPR Energy Park which is in front of the Nusantara Building or the Turtle Building. The construction of solar panels and energy parks carries the concept of green building. The PLTS built in the Energy Park can meet 25% of the electricity demand in the DPR building.
To note, a solar panel or solar cell is a collection of solar cells resembling glass and arranged in such a way as to convert light into electricity. Solar cells absorb energy from the sun as an energy source.
Under Puan’s leadership, the DPR continues to campaign for sustainable development and a green economy. This commitment is shown not only through the functions of legislation, budgeting and supervision alone, but also concrete steps that start from the DPR itself.
“Not only the use of solar cells, all units and work units within the DPR have also started a new work culture by implementing paperless, zero plastic, low emissions, and environmentally friendly waste management,” explained Puan.
“DPR hopes to be a pioneer of green development in Indonesia, especially in state agencies or institutions,” added the first woman who served as Chair of the Indonesian House of Representatives.
According to Puan, the use of low-carbon renewable energy as an energy transition step to achieve the SDG’s must be realized in real action. This is done so that future generations have a better place to live.
“This is the call of the DPR as the people’s representative to help save the earth, through our policy products and other parliamentary functions,” said Puan.
The construction of PLTS in the DPR environment also pays attention to the beauty of the parks and the green atmosphere. Puan emphasized that development should not destroy the essence of the DPR as a historic building.
“And as a people’s house, we want guests and visitors who come to feel comfortable and can feel the beauty of the DPR Building,” he said.
Puan said that PLTS in the DPR complex could be exhibited to the delegations of the Group of 20 Parliamentary Speakers Summit (P20) which will come next week. The DPR will host the P20 event which is part of the G20 Summit.
“Indonesia must be able to demonstrate its commitment to implementing a green or low-carbon development strategy in an effort to reduce emissions, which has become a world policy,” said Puan.
The former Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture continues to voice the importance of cooperation in achieving the SDGs in various international forums, including in terms of green development. Like when Puan became Chair of the 144th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) forum which was held last March.
At the 144th IPU General Assembly, the DPR took the theme of climate change as the host. On various occasions, Puan always reminds world countries to take real action to realize the green economy concept to support the SDGs.
“Actually, the DPR has started the practice of overcoming the climate crisis with various concrete actions. Like reducing the use of plastic bottles. We are also starting to be paperless in our work to minimize the use of paper,” said the grandson of the Indonesian Proclaimer Bung Karno in front of the IPU delegates.
The 144th IPU agreed on a commitment to combat climate change through the Nusa Dua Declaration. The international parliamentary forum agreed that the climate crisis must be addressed immediately because it is an existential threat to humanity so that immediate action must be taken to minimize its worst impact.
Puan said that she would further promote the green parliamentary movement in the DPR to support the Nusa Dua Declaration. According to him, the DPR should further encourage the sustainability of a green parliament.
“So I invite my fellow legislators to support the Green DPR movement. We have to work to reduce our own carbon footprint at the institutional level,” said Puan.
He added that the Green DPR will be the operation and practice of the Indonesian parliament that is committed to taking action to combat the climate crisis. Following the mandate of the Nusa Dua Declaration, said Puan, the DPR will implement climate training for parliamentarians and staff, as well as hold regular knowledge exchanges with experts on climate change.
“I hope that the DPR will commit to addressing the issue of climate change. This is important to do, so that we can inherit a healthy earth for the younger generation, as well as other future generations,” he explained.
Domestically, Puan also always shows her commitment to green development, including by continuing to encourage the use of renewable energy. At the opening of the First Session of the 2022-2023 DPR RI session which was attended by the Government in August 2022, he emphasized the DPR’s commitment to support sustainable development and a green economy through the proposed EBT (New and Renewable Energy) Bill.
Then at the Plenary Meeting to commemorate the 77th Anniversary of the DPR RI in early September, Puan emphasized that the DPR always works optimally for the welfare of the people, including the commitment to make the DPR a modern parliament.
“Such as paperless, zero plastic, low emissions, environmentally friendly waste management, strengthening public information disclosure, and the support of a body of expertise and experts who are increasingly reliable and professional,” said Puan.****