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Climate Change

Indonesia shifts and unleashes wave of decarbonization plans

Jokowi needs country to lead on climate while serving as G-20 president

Indonesia, which derives 60% of its electricity from coal, ranks 10th globally in carbon dioxide emissions from energy sources.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has introduced a stream of plans to transform Indonesia from a major polluter into a climate leader, ahead of the country officially taking the presidency of the Group of 20 on Wednesday.

Widodo pledged to exhibit leadership that produces "inclusive, people-centered, environmentally friendly and sustainable growth," during an acceptance speech Oct. 31 in Italy. Indonesia succeeds Italy in the one-year term as leader of the group of major rich and developing economies. It is the only G-20 member among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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