On Saturday, 23 March, Jakarta’s iconic city center around the Hotel Indonesia roundabout plunged into darkness at 20.30 hrs. West Indonesia Time, supporting the Earth Hour campaign, followed by 150 countries in the world including more than 30 cities in Indonesia.
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, Grand Hyatt, the BCA tower and all highrise office towers and hotels in Jakarta’s business district along the wide Sudirman,Thamrin, Gatot Subroto and Rasuna Said avenues turned off their lights for one hour as were street lights and advertising boards along Jakarta’s main avenues, the National Monument, the Governor’s Building and city monuments, participating mall in Jakarta included Mal Central Park, who saved 215 kilowatts of energy.
Earth Hour, initiated by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007 and followed by Jakarta since 2009, is the capital city’s commitment to commence with a lifestyle that is environment friendly, ensuring the sustainability of the earth.
Governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, switching on the city lights at 21.30 hrs, said that as Earth Hour is a campaign to save precious energy, we in Jakarta must begin with ensuring the operation of more green buildings and eco-buildings.
In this context, WWF Indonesia Program Director for Climate and Energy, Nyoman Iswaryoga said that saving energy is important since earth’s fossil fuel, on which much of the world relies on, is running out. Saving energy can start with the most simple daily act, namely that of switching off unnecessary lights.
Manager of the national power company, PLN, for Jakarta and Tangerang Distribution, Bimo Samudro, said that during Earth Hour, Jakarta saved 236 megawatts of electricity, equal to Rp. 260 million, which improved compared to last year’s saving of 214 megawatts of power.
30 Participating cities in Indonesia included the Greater Jakarta area of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi, and cities from Banda Aceh, to Medan, Pekanbaru, Bandung, Cimahi, Semarang, Solo, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Malang, Kota Batu, Sidoarjo, Kediri, Gresik, Lamongan, Bojonegoro, Denpasar, Pontianak, Palangkaraya, Banjarmasin, Balikpapan, Samarinda, Sangatta, Tarakan, Kotamobagu, Sorowako, and Makassar.