Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF) assesses that the majority of netizens actually support the WFH or work from home policy to reduce air pollution in Jakarta. However, some of them still doubt the effectiveness of this policy to overcome air pollution in Jakarta.
“Actually, the public supports it, but apparently there are still those who doubt it,” said Data Analyst Continuum INDEF Maisie Sagita in a public discussion on the INDEF Youtube channel, Tuesday (22/8/2023).
There are reasons for public doubts about the efficacy of WFH in dealing with air pollution. Maisie said that the public considers that the main source of the pollution problem is not vehicle exhaust, but the existence of a coal-fired power plant. “They feel WFH is not fixing the root of the problem, namely the PLTU problem,” he said.
These results were obtained by INDEF through monitoring and analysis of conversation trends on Twitter from 31 July to 20 August 2023. Monitoring found that there were 44,268 tweets about Jakarta air pollution and were carried out by 34,590 accounts.
The results of the analysis found that there are 3 most popular solutions to overcome this pollution problem. The first is using public transportation, electric vehicles and WFH. Even though it is in the second most popular place, the use of electric vehicles is actually the most doubtful solution to its effectiveness.
This is because the use of electric vehicles is considered to increase electricity demand, which in turn has an effect on increasing coal-fired power plant activity.
Meanwhile, the use of public transportation is the number one most popular solution and the most supported by netizens, namely getting 89.4% support. The WFH policy is the number 2 most supported policy with 77.1% support.
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