Kirk D. Evans, CEO of Sindicatum Carbon Capital, talks about about lobbying the Indonesian government

Uniting to Win Low Carbon Incentives

Kirk D. Evans knows a thing or two about lobbying the Indonesian government. A long-time resident whose multinational company, Sindicatum Carbon Capital, provides financing for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, tried once before to form a pressure group.

“I tried to set up a development forum before ALBI,” he says, referring to the Alliance of Low-carbon Businesses in Indonesia. “I thought this might be something where we could go to the government ministries and the banks, and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.”

It didn’t happen. But Evans, one of the earliest members to join ALBI, remains optimistic about its ability to thrive, though it will take some hard work.

“If this is going to make sense, it has to be embraced by foreign and local companies. These things can start up very quickly and peter out,” he says.

Educating the government about low carbon and the obstacles to low carbon growth should key priorities for ALBI, Evans says, as well as working with the Indonesian chamber, known as KADIN.

“You have representatives in KADIN who represent geographical areas and countries. There’s no reason why there can’t be any climate change representation,” he says. “There is hope for this.”

Echoing the thoughts of other ALBI members, Evans says the group and the Indonesian business community needs to unite to ask the central government to provide incentives for low carbon projects, as there currently are none.

“The target should be to create hundreds of members, and receive endorsements by the likes of KADIN,” he says. “If you look at what KADIN has been doing in the last five to eight years, there’s been an improvement in their ability to talk to the right people in the government.”

And government policy-makers as well as politicians should take note because, according to Evans, the environment could very well be a major campaign issue during the 2014 national and presidential elections.

“There are issues: waste, floods, mudslides,” he says.

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