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Energy revolution can power Indonesia if policy barrier lifted

  • Sven Teske

Bangkok   /   Mon, April 4 2011   /  09:41 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has committed to a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 26 percent by 2020 with Indonesian financial resources and 41 percent with international support. Despite the country’s growing economy, Indonesia has an electrification rate of only 65 percent — meaning that 35 percent or 92 million people have no access to electricity.

Greenpeace welcomes President Yudhoyono’s commitment and would like to highlight that GHG reduction targets and an increase in electrification do not contradict each other; rather, they support each other. Indonesia’s electrification target of 90 percent by 2020 can only be achieved by using renewable energy, due to its decentralized nature and the very short planning and construction time.

In 2005 Greenpeace published a blueprint, the Energy [R]evolution scenario, of what a sustainable energy supply for...