Indonesia, UK launch low-carbon energy program

Indonesia, UK launch low-carbon energy program
Illustration. The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in collaboration with the British Government has launched a program called Mentari (Towards Indonesia's Low Carbon Energy Transition) to support the green economic activity in the archipelagic country by accelerating the achievement of the energy mix target by 23 percent in 2025. (Photo by Kristen Morith on Unsplash)

Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in collaboration with the British Government on Thursday (July 30) launched a program called Mentari (Towards Indonesia’s Low Carbon Energy Transition).

The partnership program aims to support the restoration of green economic activity in the archipelagic country by accelerating the achievement of the energy mix target by 23 percent in 2025, according to the ministry’s statement as quoted by Indonesia Window here on Saturday.

Secretary General of the minisitry Ego Syahrial stated, the government’s commitment to provide energy access to people always considers environmental aspects to reach sustainability.

“Indonesia’s commitment to reduce emissions by 29 percent in 2030 is our effort obtain clean energy. To achieve this, we are preparing a Presidential Regulation on Feed in Tariff to boost the use of renewable energy, especially in the remote and under developed regions,” Ego said at the launch of the program.

The government is converting some fossil energy-based power plants that produce high emissions with renewable energy-based plants.

Data from the ministry show that there are 2,246 units of Diesel Power Plants (PLTD); 23 units of Steam Power Plant (PLTU); and 46 Steam Gas Power Plant (PLTGU) which will be converted within three years.

“The plants that will be converted are those who have been operating for more than 15 years old for diesel plants, and more than 20 years for steam and steam gas power plants,” Ego pointed out.

The Mentari program, which runs from 2020 to 2030, according to him, is one of the important breakthroughs in the energy transition process to stimulate the national economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are optimistic that this program can create inclusive economic growth and reduce poverty through the development of the renewable energy sector,” Ego said.

He added that physical restriction and isolation policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 had a significant impact on global energy consumption.

During the restriction period, the consumption of fossil fuels was 17.6 percent lower compared to the same period last year.

Carbon dioxide emissions also significantly decreased.

“Therefore, during the pandemic, energy production should be adjusted to accelerate the clean energy transition process,” he said.

The ministry believes that the UK has more experience in developing renewable energy.

Britain is considered as the most successful country in the world that has succeeded in reducing the use of fossil energy drastically since the pandemic took place.

Reporting by Indonesia Window

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