Indonesia Has Yet to Agree on Renewable Energy Commitments

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Kompas
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Indonesia Has Yet to Agree on Renewable Energy Commitments

Indonesia has not agreed to the European Union's invitation to sign a commitment to triple the capacity of renewable energy because the country's energy transition targets, which have been adjusted to the Paris Agreement, are currently still encountering many obstacles.

The list of 118 countries that have agreed to a commitment to increase renewable energy capacity threefold as of Saturday (2/12/2023) was circulated in the midst of the 28th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Indonesia is not included in the list.

Harris Yahya, the director for geothermal at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry who is one of Indonesia's energy delegates at COP28, said that the offer appeared about a month ago in a letter sent by the EU through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Apart from increasing renewable energy capacity, they also call for doubling the energy efficiency target or doubling energy efficiency. Until now, Indonesia has not decided to join.

"There are triple and double targets until 2030 for renewable energy. Are we able to get there? What's there now, it doesn't need to be triple, double even for renewable energy, it's not necessarily possible," he said when met at the location of COP28, at the Dubai Expo.

This is a summary. Read the full story in Bahasa Indonesia on the Kompas website.


This story was produced as part of the 2023 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organized by Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. It was first published in Bahasa Indonesia by Kompas on December 3, 2023.

Banner image: An operator checks the condition of a solar cell module at PLTS Gili Trawangan, Gili Indah Village, Pemenang Subdistrict, North Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara / Credit: Ismail Zakaria for Kompas.

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