During KCCC in Kyoto February 2007, we agreed that we need to have intensive contacts amongs each other Surabaya, Kitakyushu, OECC, ICLEI and all relevant parties. For such purpose we arranged for a video-conference between Japanese colleagues in Tokyo and Indonesian friends in Jakarta. The aim of video-conference is to go further for preparation of the Co-benefit CDM. Since Surabaya does not have video conference facilities yet (?), so we must go to Jakarta for video conference connection between Japan and Indonesia.
So, we, Chamida, Dwijaja and myself flew to Jakarta for the video conference on 1 March 2007. The venue will be at University of Indonesia facility at Salemba street. In the Jakarta side, I was the moderator, while in Tokyo side, Makoto Kato was the moderator. At the first session, Kato-san explained a presentation regarding background of the co-benefit CDM and the topic of the video conference. He explained the difference between solid waste management under on-going condition and under CDM approach. Under on-going process of solid waste management and solid waste composting in particular, city administration provides subsidy for reducing and disposing of solid waste. No matter how high the efficiency of the management, there must be some subsidy from the city adminsitration.
While under CDM approach, there will be some additional resource (fund) can be generated as a result of CER trading. The fund can be used for development of the solid waste management, so, subsidy from the city administration can be reduced. Objective of CDM is to reduce Green House Gas, since the solid waste composting reduces green house gas, therefore, solid waste composting can be another CDM process. That is the basic idea of the co-benefit CDM.
To be able to be registered as CDM project, there must be an approved methodology for co-benefit CDM. The methodology need to be developed and presented to CDM Executive Board at UNFCCC. So, our video-conference agreed to develop the metodology. For such purpose, Iasked Mr. Kato to find out whether Ministry of Environment of Japan can support for development of the methodology. I also asked Climate Experts Ltd, to propose to get small budget (perhaps from Ministry of Environment of Japan) for the development of the methodology.
It is understood that the methodology is not completely new, what we should do is to develop a new one suitable for co-benefit CDM from several methodologies available. We do not start from zero. Climate Experts Ltd, has a lot of experts in this area. Meanwhile in Indonesian side, we in Surabaya will collect data to support the methodology.
Unless the methodology is available, preparation of PDD for this co-benefit is not so urgent yet, so, preparation of PDD can be carried out later. I raised time frame as part of consideration of the co-benefit. Since Japanese fiscal year starts in April, and most of preparation for next fiscal year is almost done, I asked if there is still possibility to propose a budget for development of the co-benefit CDM. I hope Mr. Kato and his colleagues can conclude the budget problem.
Finally, we agreed to keep contact each other, if there is some progress we may have.