CSO: JETP funding should be transparent to avoid clean energy transition failure

Media discussion with the theme “The Role of Young People to Ensure Information Disclosure in the Rp 310 Trillion JETP Energy Transition Process” in Central Jakarta, Wednesday (24/5). (Source: 350.org Indonesia)

Jakarta – A number of environmental and climate awareness communities are urging public disclosure of information related to the funding of the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP). Almost a year after the energy transition program that will be funded by JETP was rolled out, there needs to be more clarity and public transparency regarding the roadmap of project funding.

In a discussion held by 350.org Indonesia, speakers raise the potential failure of an equitable energy transition. Alexandra Aulianta, a researcher from AEER (Ecological Action and People’s Emancipation), believes that one of the problems with JETP is transparency.

“Until now we do not know the extent of the investment plan from JETP which the Indonesian government is now preparing,” she said in a written release from a discussion entitled Young People Demand the Government Open Information on the Use of Rp 310 Trillion JETP Funds to the Public.

According to Aulianta, the management of the energy transition fund, which amounts to trillions of rupiah, is still dark, including management of the energy transition fund, and the unclear commitment of donor countries to projects that will be funded under the JETP scheme. Then the next problem is the impact of one of the JETP projects related to the closure of coal-fired power plants on labour.

“Unfortunately, the coal sector is dominated by economic elites who are also close to political circles, both in government and in the opposition, making it difficult to make policies related to renewable energy,” said Aulianta.

350.org Indonesia Campaigner Suriadi Darmoko added that the lack of clarity regarding JETP funding comes from donor countries and the JETP Secretariat. “What appears in public are discourses related to false solutions to energy transition from the circle of policymakers related to JETP,” said Suriadi.

In fact, he said, until now the JETP Secretariat does not have a website that can be accessed by the public. This could certainly set a bad precedent for public information disclosure. Suriadi said, “without information disclosure, there will be no public participation”.

Along with the many issues surrounding the energy transition in the JETP, the Climate Rangers Cirebon Community urges the JETP Secretariat to immediately disclose information and involve the public in its policy making. The obscurity of information related to the JETP has led to the potential for the energy transition to be hijacked by the interests of the political-economic elite. “The energy transition supply chain will again be controlled by the elite who originally did the fossil energy business,” he said.

The government’s support for renewable energy at the community level is also unclear. Until now there has been no government statement on how much of the JETP funds will be used to build renewable energy at the community level.

The same thing was expressed by Ahdi Aghni, Coordinator of Climate Rangers Cirebon. According to him, over time, after the G20 meeting in Bali, many irregularities and public questions related to JETP funding.

The Climate Rangers Cirebon community made a petition to the government and the JETP Secretariat to open information and involve the public. “We invite the public to get involved in urging energy policymakers to disclose information related to JETP,” said Aghni. (Hartatik)


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