Partnering for solutions to sustainable energy in Indonesia

How Indonesia can meet its growing energy needs while decarbonising its economy was recently the subject of a high profile workshop jointly organised by SDSN Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and Australia/Pacific.

Workshop opening panel, from left to right: Putera Partama, Senior Adviser to the Indonesian Minister of Environment & Forestry; Mari Elka Pangestu, SDSN Leadership Council, Professor of Economics at the University of Indonesia, and former Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy; John Thwaites, Chair of MSI, SDSN Leadership Council, and Chair of SDSN Australia/Pacific; and Jatna Supriatna, Chair of the Research Center for Climate Change at the University of Indonesia, Chair of SDSN Indonesia and Co-Chair of SDSN Southeast Asia.

The workshop on “Partnership for Solutions”: Priorities and Pathways for Sustainable Energy and Deep Decarbonisation in Indonesia took place on 26–27 November 2014 in Jakarta. It was organised by the United in Diversity Forum, the Research Center for Climate Change at the University of Indonesia, and the Monash Sustainability Institute at Monash University at Monash University, in partnership with the Indonesian Minister for Environment & Forestry H. E. Siti Nurbaya.

The workshop brought together well over 100 participants from government, business, academia and civil society to discuss how to meet Indonesia’s rapidly growing energy needs while also meeting the objectives in the UN’s proposed Sustainable Development Goals and the need to reduce global carbon emissions. Presenters included the Indonesian Minister of Finance, Bambang Brojonegoro, the Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, and many other prominent leaders from Indonesia, Southeast Asia and Australia.

SDSN’s Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project (DDPP) was featured prominetly in the workshop, with representatives from the Indonesian and Australian country teams and the global DDPP secretariat participating in the workshop.

A key aim of the workshop was to identify ways in which participants could contribute to advance Indonesia’s sustainable energy future. Working in five breakout groups that focussed on key areas for Indonesia – Deep Decarbonisation, Renewables, Urban and Island Sustainability, Transport, and Energy for Sustainable Tourism – participants considered what a sustainable energy future for Indonesia looks like, identified the major opportunities for realising it, and put forward concrete project ideas.

The Urban/Island Sustainability breakout group, chaired by Mari Elka Pangestu.

The project ideas put forward by the groups addressed priorities like incentives for renewables, integrated transport planning, biofuels, transport electrification in cities, energy efficient building codes, remote island electrification and renewables, and capacity building for policy makers and the public on sustainable energy.

Experts from SDSN Australia/Pacific members Monash University, ClimateWorks Australia, the Institute of Sustainable Futures, the University of Melbourne, and the Australian National University participated in the workshop. SDSN Australia/Pacific participation in the workshop was supported by the Harold Mitchell Foundation and the Australia-Indonesia Centre.

Please see the workshop website for further information about the workshop, program, photos, media coverage, and breakout group pledges.