Vice Minister of Finance Republic of Indonesia, Suahasil Nazara, S.E., M.Sc., PhD with Chairman of Indonesian Renewable Energy Society (METI), Surya Darma.
As part of reaching optimal sustainability in energy usage, Indonesia through its Indonesian Renewable Energy Society or also known as Masyarakat Energi Terbarukan Indonesia (METI) hosted the annual event by taking up the theme of Energy Transition Toward Sustainable Energy Era. Directly supported by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia, the event did not only cover various speakers from many different institutions and organisations, but also many exhibitions relating to energy transition. Occurring from 6-8 November 2019, this conference has garnered many exposures to all the participants in terms of adopting and implementing the concept of smart energy.
There are in total of six plenary sessions throughout the event. In general, all the sessions are focusing on the renewable energy transition development in Indonesia, including the practice of capital urban regeneration and the strategy of renewable energy investment. The present panelists are ranging from local governments, stakeholders, excellencies of other countries, academicians, international organisations and private sectors. The plenary sessions overall have the aim of synergising every aspect necessary for effective energy transition in Indonesia, especially with its enormous potential source of renewable energy. In addition, the existing renewable energy sources in Indonesia with high potential are including: geothermal, hydro, bioenergy, wind, solar and sea water, as disclosed by the Director General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Sutijastoto, M.A.. In accordance with those available resources, ambassadors from UK, India, Norway and Sweden delivered lesson-learned and their goals in implementing effective renewable energy transition in their respective countries, with the hope that Indonesia can have any takeaways which are potentially able to be adopted and applied within the country. The last day of the event was marked by workshops conducted by various international institutions, such as GiZ, USAID-ICED, OECD and NZMATES. All the workshops are mostly focusing on electrification scheme in Indonesia through renewable energy, with the involvement of local stakeholder alike PLN as well as success story from the remote area with Maluku as the case study for the lesson-learned.
Her Majesty's Ambassador to Indonesia & Timor Leste delivering the lessons learned from UK
To conclude this, it is certain to say that the whole activities and exhibitions wrapped up through the 3-day long event come from the primary idea of setting Indonesia's way forward in transitioning its resource of energy consumption and usage to renewable energy. Therefore, it is of no wonder as to why by 2050, Indonesia is targeted to have more or at least balanced renewable energy consumption. This ambition will also enable Indonesia in becoming one of the focal state members in global economics development.