Draft law for new, renewable energy should be prioritized: lawmaker

Draft law for new, renewable energy should be prioritized: lawmaker

Tifatul Sembiring (ANTARA FOTO/Indrianto Eko Suwa)

Jakarta,  (ANTARA News) - A member of the House Commission VII overseeing energy, mineral resources, research and technology and environmental affairs, Tifatul Sembiring, spoke about the importance of the draft law for new and renewable energy in an attempt to prepare people for the future.

"The draft law for new and renewable energy should be accelerated. As a result, the Indonesian people will not experience a culture shock toward new and renewable energy," Sembiring said here on Friday.

If the discussion of the draft law in the 2014-2019 period is not resolved, then the draft law must be prioritized in the next period.

He said that fossil energy such as petroleum will be eroded rapidly.

Thus, people should be able to adapt quickly with regard to the use of new and renewable energy.

"The capacity of fossil energy is limited. Gas, coal, petroleum will run out," he said.

Therefore, the government should look for new sources that can be used massively by the entire community.

The lawmaker also spoke about human intelligence in developing technology. The new technology prioritizes the use of new energy, for example hybrid vehicles.

Previously, Indonesia was considered not serious in developing new and renewable energy. The use of coal was still dominant in the country.

"The government`s target is too high, but it is not in accordance with the implementation. The use of coal is still dominant in the country. The government of policy should focus on clean energy which minimizes the use of fossil fuels," Program Manager for the Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) Marlistya Citraningrum earlier said.

Reporting by Muhammad Razi, Aziz Kurmala

Editingh by Suharto

 

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