Indonesia and the Netherlands Collaborate on RECSIN to Address Climate Change Challenges

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Do. Ministry of EMR / Minister of of Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR), Arifin Tasrif

PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) of the Republic of Indonesia, in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy, organized the Renewable Energy and Climate Summit Indonesia-Netherlands (RECSIN) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Jakarta, taking place from October 9 to October 13, 2023.

This summit brought together government representatives, businesses, academic institutions, and organizations to engage in discussions about climate change and seek solutions through the promotion of renewable energy.

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During his address, Minister Arifin Tasrif from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources expressed his concern about the rising temperatures and sea surface levels in Indonesia. He attributed these issues to climate change, which has been contributing to extreme weather events worldwide and coastal land loss due to rising sea levels.

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In response to these challenges, the Indonesian government has devised an energy transition roadmap aimed at achieving net zero emissions (NZE) by 2060 or even earlier. One of the key strategies involves the development of new renewable energy sources, including solar, hydropower, and geothermal energy.

Arifin thought that the government also prioritizes decarbonization program, developing new renewable energy projects within more interesting tariff, trade and carbon exchange in power plan sector, and conversion of diesel powerplant to be gas and new renewable energy.

“The government would also implement biomass cofiring in steam powerplant, funding for geothermal drill, palm oil biodiesel 35 percent, and vehicle conversion to be electric one,” he said, as in the official statement to Palmoilmagazine.com, Tuesday (10/10/2023).

Arifin also emphasized that it is important to get mineral resource (advantages) to solve climate change issus. Indonesia has massive mineral resource – backup, particularly nickel that could be used as battery material and energy safe. Besides, land element is rarely taken for advantages as the wind turbine, solar panel, and electric vehicle component.

He hoped that through RESCIN, there would be better collaboration between the two countries. He believed that the cooperation would accelerate energy transition, help to realize NZE target in Indonesia. By focusing to new renewable energy and mineral resource optimization, Indonesia is the right tract to face climate challenge issue and would create the better and sustainable future for the next generations. (T2)

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