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Jakarta Post

Toward Indonesia’s energy transition

  • Verania Andria

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 25 2019   /  01:24 am

In her recent visit to Indonesia, the former secretary-general of the United Nations climate change negotiations, Christiana Figueres, a global key player in climate change, coined a new term that could describe the best prescription for energy transition in the country: “Gragent” — meaning gradual but urgent. Figueres was referring to the way Indonesia needs to address its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission cut in the energy sector. The UN Development Program (UNDP) embraces the Gragent term, given the fact that more than half of Indonesia’s current energy is supplied by fossil fuel. The transition toward more renewable energy is a matter of urgency since Indonesia contributes significantly to global GHG emissions and climate change from burning fossil fuel. At the same time, a gradual transition is pivotal, since an abrupt shift may cause social and economic instability. Moreover, I...