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Biomass: Paving the way toward more sustainable energy future

  • Kazuki Ishikura

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 20 2020   /  01:00 am
National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro (right) listens to explanations after the inauguration of a biomass-fueled power plant in Wajok, Mempawah regency, West Kalimantan, on Monday. The ministry supports the development of renewable energy in the country through the non-state budget infrastructure funding (PINA) scheme.(Antara/Jessica Helena Wuysang)

COVID-19 has upended the global energy sector. Demand for major fuels drastically declined in the first half of this year, as industries paused operations and travel came to a standstill. Amidst the upheaval, one positive outcome did emerge: global carbon emissions dropped by 17 percent, with year-on-year emissions on track to fall by 4 to 7 percent. Major multilateral organizations have urged countries to leverage this moment to create a new pact between the environment and the economy. Governments and businesses are called to prioritize clean energy as they plan for recovery following the pandemic. For Indonesia, addressing this challenge is an especially critical undertaking. Beyond COVID-19, the country has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent by 2030. In parallel, by 2025, it aims to have renewables comprise at least 23 percent of its primary energy de...