Indonesia-US agree to develop CCS/CCUS, electric vehicles

Jakarta – The governments of Indonesia and the United States agree to develop a range of green energy projects, from Carbon Capture Storage/Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCS/CCUS) technology to electric vehicles, according to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) in a written statement.

The commitment of the two countries is stated in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Rida Mulyana and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service, Arun Venkataraman. Mulyana said he hopes with this MoU, the US will bring their companies to come or invest in Indonesia.

“The signing of this memorandum of understanding is a refinement or renewal of what was previously signed. Right now the focus is on matters relating to our efforts to carry out the energy transition,” said Mulyana, adding that this cooperation also looks at the development of geothermal energy and bioethanol.

Apart from that, the Indonesia-US cooperation also concerns the development of the new national capital (IKN) in realising a smart city capital, including smart electricity. Regarding the downstream of critical minerals, Indonesia has the potential for critical minerals needed for the development of electric vehicle batteries. (Hartatik)

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