Indonesia’s National Grand Energy Strategy Vital in Energy Transition, Says Energy Minister

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NUMBER: 117.Pers/04/SJI/2021

Date: 1 April 2021

Indonesia's National Grand Energy Strategy Vital in Energy Transition, Says Energy Minister

The Indonesian government is fully committed to applying the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) determined in Paris Agreement while trying to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets.

Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) Arifin Tasrif said that Indonesia respects the policy of each country in carrying out its responsibilities in accordance with the principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) as the international guidelines in climate change mitigation action.

"I'd like to express my appreciation to several countries that have declared Net Zero (emissions) with different condition and situations, in accordance with the CBDR principle, in implementing national economic development," said Arifin during the intervention session of a joint IEA-COP26 meeting titled Catalysing Near-Term Implementation held on Wednesday (31/3).

Arifin emphasized that the energy transition process is one of the crucial steps that the international community can take in reducing carbon emissions so as to create a more sustainable and cleaner energy system. "This (energy) transition is central to achieving the 2030 SDGs agenda," he said.

Arifin went on to say that the Indonesian government is currently formulating short-term policies through the National Grand Strategy to show that it is serious in implementing the NDC. "Indonesia is one of the countries that is committed to the NDC, and we are re-adjusting the national development planning system. Our target is ambitious, that is, 23% of renewables in the energy mix by 2025," he said.

Indonesia has made several efforts to achieve this target, including converting fossil energy power plants into renewables ones, optimizing the use of biofuels; increasing the use of solar panels on land, ex-mines, and rooftops; developing hydropower and geothermal potential, optimizing the use of renewables in remote areas, utilizing biomass sources for coal-fired power plant cofiring, and preparing a Presidential Regulation on renewables tariffs.

"During the energy transition process, (challenges) in developing countries will be much more complex, especially in terms of technology development and funding. For this reason, there must be higher standards of environmental, social, and governance issues. I hope this forum can offer some solutions so that energy transition can be accelerated," Arifin added.

At the end of his intervention, Arifin expressed his appreciation to the International Energy Agency (IEA) for the long-term partnership that has been built with Indonesia. "I'd like to extend my highest appreciation for the long-term partnership between the IEA and Indonesia through the Indonesia-IEA Energy Transition Alliance. I hope this panel session will provide constructive input to prepare for COP26," Arifin concluded. (IY)

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