Bandung (ANTARA) - West Java is making all-out efforts to deal with air pollution to support the ASEAN Summit, the province's acting regional secretary, Setiawan Wangsaatmaja, said on Monday.

"To combat pollution, the West Java government is closely monitoring exhaust gas emissions, particularly in the Bogor, Depok, and Bekasi regions," he said in Bandung.

Indonesia will hold the 43rd summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from September 5 to 7, 2023, as the chair of the regional bloc.

For its 2023 ASEAN chairmanship, Indonesia has raised the theme of "ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth" to reflect its commitment to ensuring that ASEAN remains relevant in the global community and becomes a center of growth.

As its contribution to the upcoming summit, the West Java government has called upon stakeholders in Bogor, Depok, and Bekasi –three regions bordering Jakarta– to continue promoting carbon emission testing of motorized vehicles.

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"We will urge people whose vehicles fail the tests to have them serviced before driving them again," Wangsaatmaja said.

The provincial government has also asked state apparatuses in the three regions to discourage communities from burning waste, he added.

"We have prohibited people from burning trash. Furthermore, we are also striving to reduce CO2 by planting vegetation," he continued.

Wangsaatmaja also informed that the provincial government has gathered data on industrial chimneys that are suspected to be among the most significant contributors to the worsening air quality in Jakarta and its surrounding regions, including West Java.

"We will shut down industrial chimneys found to be in violation of the established emission thresholds. Additionally, we will encourage operators to adopt technologies that can reduce emissions," he explained.

In an effort to enhance air quality during the summit, the provincial government have issued warnings to several industrial players, urging them to implement technologies capable of mitigating chimney emissions, he said.

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