Indonesia reinforces commitment to sustainable energy transition at IEA ministerial meeting

Jakarta – The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs Deputy for Transportation and Infrastructure, Rachmat Kaimuddin, who also chairs the National Energy Transition (TEN) Task Force, underscored the nation’s resolve to address climate change, bolster energy security, and propel economic growth through this initiative.

The statement was made during the International Energy Agency (IEA) Ministerial Meeting held on February 13-14, 2024. During a press conference in Paris, Kaimuddin laid out the critical issues and objectives discussed at the meeting, highlighting Indonesia’s significant reliance on imported refined oil and LPG. This dependency, driven by the industrial and transportation sectors’ demands and the prevalent use of fossil fuels for electricity, poses a substantial challenge for the country.

To combat these challenges, the TEN Task Force is developing an extensive strategy and implementation plan encompassing power generation, transportation, industry, and buildings. A pivotal element of this strategy is diversifying energy sources and enhancing carbon sequestration efforts. Rachmat detailed plans to maximise renewable energy sources, such as solar and geothermal, in power generation, increase biofuel use in transportation, and promote the installation of rooftop solar panels in the building sector.

“A cross-sector and cross-strategy approach is fundamental to realising an energy transition that benefits Indonesia. Our commitment is to combat climate change while ensuring our economic growth and national energy security are not jeopardised,” Kaimuddin said.

This ambitious approach aims to diminish carbon emissions and establish a robust foundation for a sustainable and eco-friendly energy system in Indonesia. Through its comprehensive and unified strategy, Indonesia is setting a precedent for a sustainable energy transition that aligns with global efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change. (Hartatik)

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