The Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) and Climate Transparency organised the launch of the Brown to Green Report 2019 in Indonesia, which took place on 19 November 2019 (Tuesday) in Jakarta.

In his opening speech, the Executive Director of IESR, Fabby Tumiwa, underlined the importance of raising climate ambition in Indonesia.

“Indonesia must start switching from fossil energy in the energy and transport sectors. In the electricity sector we must start reducing coal power generation and triple the energy mix of renewable energy by 2030. Moreover, Indonesia should strengthen the implementation of energy efficiency by increasing minimum performance standards that will reduce electricity demand in the future. In the transportation sector, the country needs to accelerate the electrification of vehicles and to increase fuel economy standards more effectively before 2025,” said Fabby Tumiwa.

Fabby Tumiwa, Executive Director of IESR, opening the launch of Brown to Green Report 2019 in Jakarta

The Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Jend. TNI (Purn.) Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, one of the keynote speakers, emphasised that Indonesia is committed to implementing a green economy because the country does not want to make policies that may harm future generations. “In policy-making, it must be comprehensive and cannot be segmented based on issues. One of the strategies in developing investment in Indonesia is that there are four requirements that must be met by foreign investors: first-class technology, technology transfer, value-added and business-to-business cooperation.” Luhut asserted that the government will not sacrifice the environment for the economy.

left-right: Yose Rizal Damuri (Head of Economics Department, CSIS), Erina Mursanti (Program Manager of Green Economy, IESR), Jend. TNI (Purn.) Luhut Binsar Panjaitan (Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs), Fabby Tumiwa (Executive Director, IESR), Dr. Saleh Abdurrahman (Expert Staff of the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources for the Environment and Spatial Planning, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources), Kuki Soejachmoen (Former Deputy of Indonesia’s President Special Envoy for Climate Change)

Prof. Emil Salim from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia, second keynote speaker, explained that Indonesia cannot continue using non-renewable. “We need to think of future generations. Current policy planning must look far ahead because future circumstances will be very different from the current situation. There is no place for dirty energy in the future. The economy must be aligned with renewable energy,” said prof. Emil Salim.

left-right: Erina Mursanti (Program Manager of Green Economy, IESR), Prof. Emil Salim (Faculty of Business and Economy, University of Indonesia), Dr. Saleh Abdurrahman (Expert Staff of the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources for the Environment and Spatial Planning, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources), Emma Rachmawaty (Director of Climate Change Mitigation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry), Fabby Tumiwa (Executive Director, IESR), Yose Rizal Damuri (Head of Economics Department, CSIS)

Erina Mursanti, Green Economy Program Manager at IESR, presented key findings of the Brown Green Report 2019, emphasising that “Indonesia can still increase its commitment in achieving the Paris Agreement target, if there is an ambitious political will and commitment from the government in limiting temperature rise. This can be demonstrated by a long-term development strategy that aligns the economic transition with the energy transition. One thing that can be done is to divert fossil fuel subsidies to the development of renewable energy and stop the allocation of the state budget (APBN) to support fossil fuel development projects.”

Erina Mursanti (Program Manager of Green Economy, IESR) gave a presentation about the Brown to Green Report 2019

It was followed by a panel discussion during which following experts discussed the Indonesia’s Strategy towards a Net-Zero Economy in 2050: Emma Rachmawaty (Director of Climate Change Mitigation, Directorate General of Climate Change Control, Ministry of Environment and Forestry), Dr. Ir. Saleh Abdurrahman, M.Sc (Expert Staff of the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources for the Environment and Spatial Planning, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources), Dr. Yose Rizal Damuri (Head of the Department of Economics, Center for Strategic and International Studies), Fabby Tumiwa (Executive Director, IESR); moderated by Kuki Soejachmoen (Former Deputy of Indonesia’s President Special Envoy for Climate Change).

More than 100 participants from ministries and governmental agencies, business, university, research institutions, non-government organizations and media attended the event.

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DIGDAYA TV covering the launch event of the Brown to Green Report 2019 in Indonesia