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Jakarta Post

Renewing support for renewable energy

  • Fitrian Ardiansyah


Jakarta   /   Tue, February 2 2010   /  12:40 pm

Indonesia is at a crossroads. With the impressive rate of growth of its economy - leading to a dramatic increase in the level of energy consumption - and its ambition to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it needs to come up with a way to reduce its reliance on carbon-fueled energy. According to the World Energy Outlook 2009 published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), Indonesia is the largest energy producer and consumer in the region, the world's leading thermal coal exporter, a substantial liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter, and until 2004 was a net oil exporter. If no new oil reserves are found, and with the increasing demand for energy, scientists expect Indonesia will be a significant oil importing country within less than two decades. By 2030, Indonesia will remain an exporter of natural gas and coal, but will import 1.3 million barrels of oil per ...