Jakarta – The government said the budget needed to achieve the energy transition in the next eight years reaches USD 25-30 billion or equivalent to IDR 442 trillion at an exchange rate of IDR 14,749/USD.
This was conveyed by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) while attending the G7 Summit working lunch session with the topic of climate change, energy, and health, in Elmau, Germany. On that occasion, the president invited G7 countries to contribute to take advantage of investment opportunities in the clean energy sector in Indonesia.
“This includes the development of an electric car and lithium battery ecosystem,” said President Jokowi in a statement released by the State Secretariat Youtube, Thursday (28/6).
Furthermore, Jokowi said, Indonesia’s potential as a contributor to clean energy, both in the bowels of the earth, on land, and at sea, is very large. It’s just that the government needs big investments and low-carbon technologies to support a fast and effective transition to clean energy.
“Optimizing the energy transition can later become a motor of economic growth, open up business opportunities, and create new jobs,” he added.
The energy transition is a necessity, considering that the risk of climate change is not only felt by Indonesia as an archipelagic country with 17,000 islands, but also by other developing countries. In fact, the risks are not only detrimental to health, but also put farmers and fishermen in trouble.
“We really hope for the support of all G7 countries in the Indonesian Presidency at the G20. See you in Bali. Thank you,” said the President, ending his remarks.
The government is asked to actively socialize the plan to increase energy prices
Meanwhile, the current global dynamics that have pushed prices up, especially energy, have been felt by some Indonesians. So that the government is asked to actively disseminate information to the public if it wants to increase the price of a number of energy commodities in the near future.
Based on a survey by the Danareksa Research Institute (DRI) in May 2022, the majority of people do not know the cause of the price increase. “We suggest that the government needs to actively promote the planned increase in energy prices such as Pertalite, diesel, 3 kg LPG, and basic electricity tariffs. Currently, only a small number of people know about it,” said DRI in its report, Friday (17/6).
Furthermore, regarding the planned increase in the price of electricity tariffs, the public only knew about 39.97 percent. Then the plan to increase the price of gas 3 kilograms (kg) by 37.06 percent, the price of pertalite 32.48 percent, and the price of diesel fuel by 25.81 percent. Furthermore, according to him, the current increase in fuel prices has not had much impact on price increases. Likewise, the majority of people have not made changes to their consumption patterns.
The survey said the increase in fuel prices had influenced household decisions to go home and vacation. In the midst of price uncertainty, many consumers remain optimistic. And do not worry because of the impact of controlled inflation.
Meanwhile, public consumption patterns are focused on secondary and tertiary needs. Meanwhile, primary consumption is still relatively well maintained. As for the adaptation efforts of the community in the midst of rising prices, namely by reducing the purchase of food and beverages outside by as much as 58.47 percent, reducing entertainment activities by 52.90 percent, and reducing shopping for clothes by 48.84 percent. (Hartatik)
Banner photo: President Joko Widodo meeting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz the G7 Summit at Elmau, Germany, 27 June 2022. (Source: President’s Secretariat)