Remote working, artificial rain have little effect on Jakarta pollution

Amid the lack of progress made by recent government efforts, the Center for Research of Energy and Clean Air insisted that the remote-working policy and “other gimmicks” would not solve the Jakarta air pollution problem.

Nina A. Loasana

Nina A. Loasana

The Jakarta Post


Buildings are seen amid the haze caused by air pollution in Jakarta on Aug. 23, 2023. PHOTO: AFP/THE JAKARTA POST

August 31, 2023

JAKARTA – Intensified measures to tackle Jakarta’s choking pollution, especially remote working and weather modification, have so far had little success in clearing the capital’s foul atmosphere.

Last week, the Jakarta city administration ordered half of its public employees to work from home until Oct. 21. The policy was expanded to 75 percent of city officials whose workplaces are close to next week’s ASEAN Summit venue.

The administration employs 200,000 staff, 60,000 of whom are civil servants.

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