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The Atmospheric Particulate Matter in Jakarta, Indonesia

by Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas | 22-03-2017 09:19 recommendations 0 recommendations

Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, has long been known as the city full of air pollution.  It was not surprisingly that pollution causes respiratory problems for nearly 60 percent of Jakarta residents.  The pollution levels are highest in North Jakarta due to content of the particles in the region reached more than 125 micron grams per cubic meter. It is far exceeding the safe limit by 10-25 micron grams per cubic meter.  The pollution mostly comes from motor vehicles in additional to some industries that still use coal.

Air pollution in Jakarta is also affected by climate change.  In 2015, when there was a draught for over five days and no rain at all, the Standard Index Air Pollution has reached 200, which is over the limit and categorized unhealthy.  In 2016, the quality of air in Jakarta is getting better since the dry season was rather wet.  However, the worse quality of air was still happened during rush hours in the morning and evening when a lot of vehicles trapped in traffic jam. Off peak hours, the air quality index in Jakarta was around 60 which was included in the moderate level.  

To reduce air pollution, the Government of Jakarta has been conduct a mandatory gas emission test for all public transports.  Starting this year, the Government plan to conduct test gas emissions for all vehicles without any exception as a condition of vehicle registration renewal.  The Government will apply Euro 4 and 5 by replacing the fuel with a high octane and unleaded.  All service vehicles operating within the Government of Jakarta will be replaced with gas-fueled.   In addition, the Government of Jakarta will increase the green open space up to 30 percent of the total city width.

Jakarta today from 10th Floor

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  • Indonesia E-gen Ambassador Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas


Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas

Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas

  • Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas says :
    @ Daon Na, the goverment is developing Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) to connect busy line around the city. The first MRT Line will be operated at the end 2018.
    Posted 29-05-2017 03:35

Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas

Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas

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Arushi Madan

  • Arushi Madan says :
    Its indeed shocking that 60% of Jakarta residents suffer from respiratory problems. Government plans regarding vehicles emission test and expanding green cover is a good step and shows that government is serious about tackling local air pollution. Thanks for the report.
    Posted 27-03-2017 01:40

  • Cheonghan Mentor Oh says :
    Ida, thank you for your report. It is shocking that nearly 60 percent of Jakarta residents are having respiratory problems. Also the fact that draught for five or more days could affect air pollution so much is a surprise. I think a mandatory gas emission test sounds like an interesting try. If the results come out I wish to be informed. If you write about it I would be more than thankful.
    Posted 26-03-2017 01:42

  • daon na says :
    Hi Ida! Thanks for sahirng your report on PM pollution in Indonesia.
    I'm glad that at least your government seems to realize the problem and take some actions.
    What else do you that can be done and should be done to reduce PM, both in public and private sector?
    Thanks again for your report!
    Posted 24-03-2017 11:37

Bornaventure Kwame Takpah

  • Bornaventure Kwame Takpah says :
    I appreciate that at least the actors have agreed to do their bit.
    I wish Indonesia the best in dealing with its P.M concentrations.
    Posted 23-03-2017 06:30

Chabala Chisenga

  • Chabala Chisenga says :
    it is good to hear that the government is doing something to reduce air pollution,this is a great article.
    Posted 22-03-2017 21:17

Muhammed Mikhail A Hafidz

  • Muhammed Mikhail A Hafidz says :
    I empathy how bad Indonesia's air pollution is as sometimes Malaysia too is affected by the haze caused by the wild forest fires. Let's make this as our motivation to continue helping Mother Earth in any way as possible! -)
    Posted 22-03-2017 16:24

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