Minister Luhut: We Will Not Sacrifice the Environment for the Economy

Minister Luhut: We Will Not Sacrifice the Environment for the Economy

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA -  Coordinator Minister in Maritime and Investment, Luhut B. Pandjaitan firmly said that the government would not sacrifice the environment for the economic progress.

But he said that there would be equilibrium to get, could not use the American or European standards. The government itself is responsible on the people (citizens).

“Indonesia is committed to the new and renewable energy (NRE) and consistent to run it. I should notice that I would not publish the policy that may kill my children and grand – children,” Minister Panjaitan said in the discussion of Institute Essential Services Reform (IESR) within the theme ‘Strategi Indonesia Menuju Perekonomian Nir Emisi 2050’ in Jakarta, Tuesday (19/11/2019) as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.

He continued that the ENR is potential in Indonesia but it is not fully and optimally done, such as, the geothermal – from the capacity about 17,5 giga watt (GW), just about 1,95 GW that could be advantaged; micro hydro within the potential about 94,3 GW, the advantage still reached 0,03 GW; bioenergy within the potential  about 32,6 GW and the biomass advantage still reached 1,859 GW. What we advantaged is still small.

“To you, the young generations, come on. This is the issue and potential at once. Identify the issue, after that, decided who and what to do. This is your era to enjoy it,” he said.

The government, Panjaitan continued, has biodiesel (B) program too in palm oil – base to increase the NRE of non-electricity. It started from the energy mixture since 2006, which was, B5, B7, B20 in 2018, and B30 would start in 2020.

“After B20, there would be on 1 December to the B30. Next year we would make B40, B50, and B100. After the program runs, there would be equilibrium – the numbers of palm oil production and the domestic usage would almost be the same. This would impact to 17,5 million smallholders and get the better price. This would decrease the poverty too,” he said.

He also mentioned that Indonesia is committed to decrease the emission up to 29%. The two, he thought, keep running, such as, by making the replanting program, rehabilitating the mangrove, and peatland, and others.

“We have about 7,5 million hectares of peatland and they are in good condition. When I was the coordinator to the fire, I myself directly saw it. Our peatland could be 15 – 20 meters in depth. This does not happen in Scandinavia. We also have 3,1 million hectares of mangrove but half of the numbers are broken. Now we do replanting program and with the forestry. There would be coral reef rehabilitation. We also contribute to the carbon credit, about 75-80%, and the numbers are big enough. The most important thing is stop talking but what should we do,” Panjaitan said.

Based on the findings of Brown to Green Report 2019 which was published by Climate Transparency, a global partnership within the members of think tank and non-government organizations from G20 members, the CO2 emission relating to the energy from the G20 members increased 1,8 percent in 2018 because the increasing energy demands and the transportation emission increased 1,2 percent in 2018. (T2)


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