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UI GreenMetrics Released The First Top Sustainable Cities Ranking in Indonesia

Depok, 21 July 2022. After 12 years of conducting UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, Universitas Indonesia (UI) announced the launching of UI GreenCityMetrics, a ranking of sustainable cities and districts in Indonesia. “The development of sustainability aspects is not only important for education institutions such as universities, but also for larger areas such as cities and districts. Therefore, UI GreenMetric as an index of sustainability for universities, innovated and adjusted its indicators on sustainability, making them applicable for cities and districts in Indonesia in the form of UI GreenCityMetric,” said the Chairperson of UI GreenMetric, Prof. Dr. Ir. Riri Fitri Sari,M.M., M.Sc., during the “Announcement and Awarding of UI GreenCityMetric Rankings 2022” on Thursday (21/07).  

Chairperson of UI GreenMetric, Prof. Dr. Ir. Riri Fitri Sari, delivering her opening remarks

  Prof. Riri also stated that the ranking of sustainable cities and districts is based on three aspects, notably environmental, economy, and social aspects, which are represented in six indicators, such as spatial planning and infrastructure (16%), climate change and energy (19%), waste management and disposal (19%), water management (15%), mobility and access (16%), and governance (15%). “UI GreenCityMetric strives to be a platform to observe sustainability issues in cities and districts in Indonesia. Hopefully, local and central governments in Indonesia can start seeing sustainability issues as a focal and major concern.” the chairperson explained.  

Prof. Riri Fitri Sari awarding the Mayor of Semarang, Hendrar Prihadi, for the most sustainable city and districts in Indonesia.

  Based on the ranking of UI GreenCityMetric 2022, City of Semarang, Central Java is nominated as the best sustainable city in Indonesia; followed by City of Kediri, East Java in the second ranking; and City of Padang, West Sumatra in the third. UI GreenCityMetric also nominated six awards for best performing cities/districts in each UI GreenCityMetric indicator.  

Prof. Riri Fitri Sari with the representatives of the most sustainable cities/districts awardees

  Firstly, the most sustainable city for spatial planning and infrastructure category is  awarded to the City of Semarang, Central Java. Second, the most sustainable city in terms of energy and climate change category was awarded to the City of Parepare, South Sulawesi. Third, the most sustainable city for waste management and disposal was awarded to the City of Madiun, East Java. Next, the most sustainable city for water management was awarded to the City of Padang, West Sumatera. Lastly, the most sustainable city for governance was awarded to the City of Kediri, East Java. The full ranking of UI GreenCityMetric can be accessed in: https://greenmetric.ui.ac.id/city/ranking  

Assistant to the Minister of Home Affair, Togap Simangunsong (top left); Director General of Higher Education, Research, and Technology of Republic of Indonesia, Prof. Ir. Nizam (top right); Executive Director of APEKSI, Alwis Rustam (bottom left); Assistant of the Minister of National Development Planning, Dr. Vivi Yulaswati (bottom right);

  The announcement was attended by  the Assistant of the Minister of Home Affair for Society and Organizational Relations, Togap Simangunsong; Head Secretary of National SGDs, Assistant of the Minister of National Development and Planning for Social and Poverty Eradication, Dr. Vivi Yulaswati, M.Sc.; Director General of Higher Education, Research, and Technology of Republic of Indonesia, Prof. Ir. Nizam, M.Sc., DIC., Ph.; Executive Director of Association of Urban Government of Indonesia (APEKSI), Alwis Rustam, M.Int.Dev; University Secretary of UI, dr. Agustin Kusumayati, M.Sc., Ph.D.; Mayor of Semarang, Hendrar Prihadi; Mayor of Kediri, Abdullah Abu Bakar;  Mayor of Padang Hendri Septa, B.Bus (acc), MIB; Mayor of Madiun Drs. H. Maidi ,SH, MM, M.Pd; Mayor of Parepare, Dr. Taufan Pawe, SH.,MH; Mayor of Padang Sidempuan Irsan Efendi Nasution, SH; and lastly the board of leaders and state peripherals of cities/districts in Indonesia. The announcement was held in Balai Sidang Universitas Indonesia, Depok Campus and was aired on the UI Official YouTube Channel.   In the opening remark, University Secretary of UI who represented the Rector of UI, dr. Agustin Kusumayati, M.Sc., Ph.D., appreciated the cities and districts in Indonesia that actively participated in developing green and sustainable cities using UI GreenMetric indicators.  

University Secretary of UI, Dr. Agustin Kusumayati, delivering her opening remark

  “In its first year, UI GreenCityMetric is participated by 34 cities/districts from 16 provinces, which is a good achievement for promoting more sustainable cities/districts in Indonesia. We hope that more cities and districts could participate in future UI GreenCityMetric rankings to push Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 in Indonesia,” dr. Agustin Kusumayati said.  

UI GreenMetrics Vice-Chair of Program, Communication, and Partnership, Dr. Junaidi, S.S., MA  delivering his speech

  As the awardee of the best sustainable city, one of the uniqueness of Semarang lies in the wastewater management process called IPAL MBBR (Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor) that is similar to Activated Sludge but with a mix of suspended medium. The organic wastewater management in Semarang could produce compost fertilizer using baskets, water containers, Takakura, biopores, and eco-enzymes.   Meanwhile, Kediri was awarded as the best in the access and mobility due to its public transportation system which is specially designed for elderly and handicapped citizens. In addition to that, Kediri also provides bike lanes in the streets. The third best city, Padang, is one of the best cities in terms of water management with its programs on water conservation and reusable water utilization.  

Prof. Riri Fitri Sari and Dr. Agustin Kusumayati awarded the Mayor of Kediri, Abdullah Abu Bakar.

  UI GreenCityMetric is an initiative from UI GreenMetric that ranks various cities/districts in Indonesia based on their commitments and acts on promoting sustainability. Not only limited to promotion and raising awareness, UI GreenCityMetric also aims to encourage citizens to support every act of developing sustainable and implementation of green cities with an endorsement from ministries of the Republic of Indonesia.