Introducing the Urban Metabolism Approach for a Sustainable City: A Case of Jakarta, Indonesia

By Juniati Gunawan, Semerdanta Pusaka

Research from Indonesia, especially on Jakarta as a metropolitan city is published only limitedly at an international level. This research that is a small pilot study on urban metabolism is one of few studies on the city. The purpose of study is to introduce urban metabolism, which can be used to analyse the city policies and initiatives from the perspective of urban sustainable development in the context of Jakarta city.

This study formulated the basic framework of urban sustainability of Jakarta based on a number of secondary data sources collected and utilized from the year of 2001, 2006 and 2011. Data was mainly from on-line public information and hardcopy data from the Central Statistic Body (BPS) and the Ministry of Environment (KLH) of the Republic of Indonesia.

This study generated an initial framework of urban sustainability that is expected to be applied further in future studies. It is found that the proposed framework that resulted from this study is able to show how sustainable Jakarta is; and how the city administrator has not been comprehensively highlighting sustainability issues through policies and initiatives.

Introducing the Urban Metabolism Approach for a Sustainable City: A Case of Jakarta, Indonesia