To follow up the Climate Action Plan (CAP) development , Makassar and IUC-Asia met online on Thursday 21 May 2020 to discuss the progress of the project. The interactive session focussed on the data collection to be used for the Green House Gases (GHG) inventory report and Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA). The Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Managemen (CCROM) took part in the meeting as the IUC’s technical partner.
During the 2018 Mayoral Election of Makassar, the lone candidate running lost the vote to an empty ballot, forcing the election to be repeated in December 2020. It was expected that the upcoming CAP should be integrated into the next period of Regional Medium-Term Development (RPJMD). CCROM underlined the importance of the GHG inventory report and the CRVA in order to prepare an evidenced based CAP.
The city government expressed its will to compile the required data. However, they shared the challenge to gather GHG activity data from third parties and sought advice to address the issue. The third parties included the electricity state company and the oil & natural gas mining company, which would be able to generate the electricity consumption data and fossil fuel consumption data, respectively. Down scaling data from the national to regional level was the most practicable approach to fill the data gap, recommended by CCROM. The other option was to estimate the electricity consumption based on the available data in another city with a comparable population size.
As a next step, the time frame of CAP development should be updated to reflect the current situation. Also, all parties have reached an agreement to schedule a virtual capacity building workshop on CVRA, planned for 11 June 2020.