Photo credit (top): Race For Water Foundation
The EU Delegation to Indonesia and the Embassy of Switzerland bid farewell to the Race for Water (R4W) vessel which leaves the Indonesian waters today (5/8). The R4W vessel - docked in Batavia Marina Port Jakarta since 21 June 2019 - serves as a global ambassador of energy transition and marine conservation.
The EU Delegation to Indonesia and the Embassy of Switzerland, together with the Race for Water (R4W) Foundation, and the Greeneration Foundation came together to celebrate innovation and cooperation across countries and across generations, to promote environmental awareness and action on resource efficiency, conservation of marine resources, and climate change.
The R4W main programmes (LEARN, SHARE and ACT) on plastic waste valorisation and waste management aim at knowledge-transfer and community empowerment. The R4W team also seeks partnerships towards an Indonesian feasibility study on the energetic, non-emissive transformation of unrecyclable end-of-life plastics into electricity, e.g. on small islands where access to recycling might prove challenging, which could be utilised eventually as reference to inform local policies.
The R4W project illustrates how the upcoming Indonesia Circular Economy Forum (ICEF) could act as a ‘learning vehicle’ for public and private decision-makers in Indonesia to advance the implementation of a circular economy, as promoted through the ICEF platform. The EU is also working with Indonesian officials to make sure the next budget and 5-year plan (RPJMN) will take advantage of all opportunities to develop low-carbon and low pollution business. The EU’s support for the 3rd ICEF (Jakarta, 11-12 November 2019), confirms its commitment to accelerate a global shift towards a circular economy.
As part of its five-year odyssey, the R4W vessel will set sail (and solar panels) from Indonesia to Malaysia, the Philippines and Japan before reaching its final destination, France, in 2021.
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