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Year 2021: Where is Indonesia’s renewable energy?

  • Aufar Satria and Brandon Bernandus

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Thu, January 21 2021   /  01:00 am
Coal addiction: The construction of the Cirebon Unit 2 coal-fired power plant in the West Java regency of Cirebon is pictured on Nov. 30, 2019. The plant is slated to begin operating in 2022.(Antara/Dedhez Anggara)

It’s been five years since the Paris Agreement was signed by more than 190 parties globally. The world had agreed to avoid dangerous climate change by keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius. Indonesia is among countries that has signed the agreement and as one of the main contributors of global carbon dioxide emissions has expressed its commitment to transition toward cleaner energy sources. The country believes energy transition will contribute to achieving the Paris Agreement goals and help fulfill its national aspiration to achieve energy security and affordability. Indonesia is a net importer of crude oil and petroleum products and is often impacted economically by the fluctuations of these products’ global pricing. To be self-sufficient in domestic energy provision and ensure affordable energy for all Indonesians, diversification toward renewable energ...