RDI has kicked off a long-term project in the cluster of Renewable Energy and Emission Reduction sector. This time, RDI was chosen by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia in the International Climate Change Engagement Program to hold a project to further increase Indonesia’s ability in emission reduction—collaborating with the University of Queensland (UQ), National Agency of Research and Innovation (BRIN), and Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR). Titled Optimization of Refuse-Derived Fuel to Decarbonize Electricity Sector and Achieve NDCs Target of Indonesia (RDFact), this project aims to increase Indonesian stakeholder's ability to implement Refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and Carbon Capture, Usage, and Storage (CCUS) technology to satisfy cleaner electricity source and support emission reduction of electricity and industry sector. Not only that, RDF is also aimed to help in reducing emissions from the solid waste sector.
The kickoff was held two times on 7/6 and 17/6. The first is the fixation of programs with the primary collaborator, the University of Queensland. Led by Prof. Anthony Halog, UQ will provide the technical assistance needed in the programs and cover several topics including climate literacy, technical risk identification, socio-economic impact, environmental impact and circular economy, and market-related to RDF and CCUS technology.
The second kickoff was to introduce the project to Indonesian stakeholders. Inviting Vice Minister of Environment and Forestry, Mr. Alue Dohong Ph. D, Bappenas representative, Ms. Anggi P, and MEMR representatives, Mr. Robi Kurniawan and Mr. Trois Dilisusendi, the speeches-cum-discussion session gave insightful inputs for the future of this project. Indonesia’s biggest challenge in RDF implementation is upscaling the pilot-scale plant that has been developed and decarbonizing the energy-intensive industry. RDFact is hoped to become the knowledge transfer facility from Australia, getting the lesson learned from the already up-and-running RDF and CCUS plant there. All the stakeholders agree that increasing collaboration, developing frameworks, and holistic assessment technology will increase Indonesia’s capability in transitioning to a greener economy and reaching its emission target.