Dr Joni JUPESTA (Indonesia)

As a Senior Researcher at one of the largest palm oil producers in the world, Joni is working on life cycle assessment (LCA) to address the environmental issues in the agricultural sector (greenhouse gas emissions, water use efficiency, biodiversity, and ecosystem changes).

PhD in Management Science and Technology

Current position: Senior Researcher at Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food, Indonesia

Research focus: transition to green growth in emerging economies with focus on Indonesia

One of the world’s major emerging economies, Indonesia changed its status from net oil exporter to net oil importer in 2004 and was responsible for about five percent of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2005. It boasts the world’s largest palm oil industry but faces massive deforestation and big questions about the sustainability of its growth. As Indonesia’s transition to a low-carbon economy takes on increasing urgency, Joni is helping drive its greengrowth evolution.

Formerly a JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow at the United Nations University, Joni contributes to policy briefs on green economic growth, climate change governance, and poverty alleviation in Indonesia, which draws on his multidisciplinary research across the forestry, agriculture, and energy sectors.

Joni is also active as Board of Director for Indonesian Life Cycle Assessment Network (ILCAN) and Lead Author for the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report on  Working Group III (Climate Change Mitigation).


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2012):

United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies, Japan

Research focus: transition to green growth in emerging economies with focus on Indonesia

One of the worlds major emerging economies, Indonesia changed its status from net oil exporter to net oil importer in 2004 and was responsible for about 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2005. It boasts the worlds largest palm oil industry, but faces massive deforestation and big questions about the sustainability of its growth. As Indonesias transition to a low-carbon economy takes on increasing urgency, 2012 Green Talents winner Joni Jupesta is helping drive its green-growth evolution.

Currently a JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow at the United Nations University, Jupesta contributes to policy briefs on green economic growth, climate change governance, and poverty alleviation in Indonesia, which draws on his multidisciplinary research across the forestry, agriculture and energy sectors. While he is pushing to phase out oil subsidies, accelerate the implementation of green technologies (biofuel, geothermal, etc.) or upgrade the skills and capabilities of workers, he emphasises the importance of a broader perspective. “In order for green growth to be inclusive and equitable, development policies must integrate society, economy and environment,” says Jupesta. “True sustainability will require institutional and social innovation as well as technological innovation.”

The jury was impressed with Jupestas applications-oriented research and work to integrate international climate protection approaches into Indonesian national policy. It highlighted his focus on low carbon society, sustainable palm oil production, and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) scheme as key issues for the future of Indonesia.