The Ministry of LHK Maintain Air Quality through 14 Monitoring Stations

Director General of Pollution and Environmental Damage Control (PPKL) of the LHK Ministry, MS Karliansyah.

In controlling air conditions, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (LHK) revealed that it already had 14 Air Monitoring Stations located in a number of provinces in Indonesia.

The 14 stations are Banda Aceh, Pekanbaru, Batam, Padang, Jambi, Palembang, Pontianak, Palangkaraya, Banjarmasin, North Kalimantan, Central Jakarta, Makassar, Manado and Mataram.

This was said by the Director General of Pollution and Environmental Damage Control (PPKL) of the LHK Ministry, MS Karliansyah, in a press statement at the LHK Ministry Office, Jalan DI Panjaitan Kav 24, Kebon Nanas, East Jakarta, Tuesday (03/12/2019).

“In 2019 we will install 13 more air monitoring devices that we will distribute in a number of cities,” Karliansyah said.

Accompanied by Director of Water Pollution Control, Luckmi Purwandari and Secretary of the Directorate General of Pollution Control and Environmental Damage Sigit Reliantoro, Director General Karliansyah showed a number of data to counter Greenpeace reports.

“We have air quality monitoring tools and the results of monitoring our tools show Jakarta’s air quality is quite good. Therefore, the Greenpeace report which calls Jakarta’s worst air quality in Southeast Asia is not right,” said Karliansyah.

Recently, Greenpeace, based on a report from the World Air Quality Report, released the worst Jakarta air quality data, which is called Southeast Asia. It was stated, PM 2.5 concentration in 2018 the pollution level reached 45.3 g / m3.

This means that the concentration of PM 2.5 in Jakarta is up to four times the annual safe limit according to WHO standards of 10 g / m3. To straighten out the Greenpeace report, Director General of PPKL Karliansyah stressed that Jakarta’s air quality was still quite good, not as Greenpeace revealed.

“Indeed, we recorded in 2018, there were days that were not good. Out of 365 days, there were 196 days of poor air quality and 34 days of good air quality. The rest was medium air quality,” he said.

“There is but if it is said to be the worst, the worst in Southeast Asia is not. Likewise, the average daily air quality in Jakarta is still good, not as Greenpeace explained,” he added.

Karliansyah explained, from the Jakarta daily data it was 57, if WHO was 25 micrograms. Our national standard is still of good quality. Therefore Karliansyah questioned the measurement tools used by Greenpeace. The reason, based on the equipment used to monitor air conditions with PM 2.5 is not that bad.

“I and my friends here ask what Greenpeace uses data, what methods and instruments because we believe he-he has been here and we invited to the third floor at the AQMS Center or air quality monitoring network,” he said.

But when pressured by reporters and why Greenpeace released such data, Karliansyah only smiled. “In that case, I don’t know. What is clear is that we have an air monitoring device,” he said.

Karliansyah acknowledged the main source of air pollution was from motor vehicles whose fires were not good enough. However, if there is no source of pollution from the power plant, the PLTU at Muara Tawar and Muara Karang already use gas so that it does not cause pollution.

“In connection with the argument that Jakarta is surrounded by pollution, the impact of the plant is also incorrect, because the wind direction is open to Jakarta,” he said.

However, Karliansyah revealed, efforts to improve air quality were carried out, for example by applying fuel equivalent to EUR4, then regular motor vehicle emissions testing.

“What needs to be mentioned is also the policy of implementing Car Free Day, which is carried out every week in a number of cities, to support clean air quality,” he concluded.


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