Incorporating air quality improvement at a local level into climate policy in the transport sector: a case study in Bandung City, Indonesia

Helmi Gunawan, Hans Bressers, Nthabiseng Mohlakoana, Thomas Hoppe

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Climate policy has a strong influence on policy processes at national levels in Indonesia, while other policies with a focus on air quality improvement are being implemented at local levels. Indonesia as a developing country has committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 29 percent by the year 2030. This calls into question the extent to which cities and local governments can cope with the challenges of climate change mitigation. The purpose of the research is to find out the extent to which local air pollution reduction policies can contribute to the climate change mitigation program. The research design involved an empirical case study on governance and policy relevant to climate change efforts to lower GHG in Bandung City, Indonesia. The study evaluated the air quality improvement and the climate change mitigation programs using the actor-based framework of the Contextual Interaction Theory (CIT). The governance and stakeholder characteristic of climate change mitigation were also analysed using the structural context part of the CIT framework.
The result shows that air quality improvement policy is implemented separately from climate policy; the latter operates at the national level and the former at the local level. By looking at the actor interaction analysis, the study concludes that a more holistic environmental policy approach would be more efficient at reducing local air pollution and contributing to the mitigation of climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Article number45
Number of pages17
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2017


  • air quality improvement
  • climate change mitigation
  • local government
  • interaction theory
  • co-benefit goals


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