Indonesia Plan to develop regulations for environmental management by 2024 in Indonesia

The Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry No. 16 of 2020 on its Strategic Plan 2020-2024 was established in Indonesia on August 14, 2020. The regulation specifies the regulatory policy of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry for the five-year period from 2020 to 2024. In the document, new regulations and planned amendments related to chemicals and wastes are listed as follows.

  • Governmental decree on the control of hazardous substances (B3)
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on environmental quality standards for mercury emissions
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry for storage guidelines on mercury and mercury-containing waste
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry for management guidelines on mercury-containing medical device waste discharged by medical facilities
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on B3 classification decision procedure
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on B3 storage
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on amendment of the Regulation No. 36 of 2017 on registration and notification of B3
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on the procedure for reducing B3 restricted for use
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on the procedure for the elimination of B3 banned for use
  • Regulation under the Minister of the Environment and Forestry on the treatment and landfill of B3
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on B3 processing information system
  • Governmental decree on limitation, reduction and elimination of POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants)
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on technical procedures and requirements for the use of B3 waste
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on technical procedures and requirements for treatment of B3 waste in incinerators
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on B3 waste storage procedures
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on the disposal of non-B3 waste
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry to promote the disposal on non-B3 and B3 wastes
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry for evaluating the treatment performance of non-B3 and B3 waste
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on the implementation procedures of “Center for Excellence” mechanism for B3 waste management
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on B3 management worker’s competency (capability) and its certification
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on the prevention of environmental pollution and/or destruction
  • Governmental decree on specific waste (※ Already enacted as “Governmental Decree on Specific Waste Management No. 27 of 2020”)
  • Regulation under the Minister of Environment and Forestry on waste management guideline to undertake 4R measures (Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) through waste bank
  • Regulation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry on waste collection and re-transfer procedures
  • New regulation by the Minister of Environment and Forestry on waste management information system management

The original text of this regulation is downloadable at the following URL.
http://jdih.menlhk.co.id/uploads/files/P_16_2020_RENSTRA_KLHK_menlhk_08312020090150.pdf

 

EnviX comments

Among the above list, the most significant effort that is worth paying attention to is the “Governmental Decree on B3 Management.” The current decree promulgated in 2001 has never been amended since then, and it contains many difficulties to be interpreted. It is expected to address these issues by explicitly clarifying under a new decree. In addition, a wide variety of ministerial regulations on B3 management as well as POPs-related matters are reported to be under consideration, so it is needed to keep a close watch on the future direction. Meanwhile, apart from the current efforts over developing new regulations by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Ministry of Industry is also continually discussing to craft a legislation on chemical substances, which is more likely to cause complications on the management of the chemical substances.