Indonesian airports to switch to renewable energy

Indonesian airports to switch to renewable energy

The Directorate General of Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation under the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, the Directorate General of Air Transportation under the Transportation Ministry, and state-run airport operators PT Angkasa Pura I and PT Angkasa Pura II signed an agreement on using renewable energy on Thursday (October 22, 2020). (ANTARA/Doc. Directorate General EBTKE, Energy and Mineral Resource Ministry/sh)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Airports in Indonesia will soon use renewable energy, especially solar energy, on a massive scale and implement sustainable energy conservation practices.

In a statement issued here on Friday, the Directorate General of Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation under the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Directorate General of Air Transportation under the Transportation Ministry and state-run airport operators PT Angkasa Pura I and PT Angkasa Pura II on Thursday (October 22, 2020) on the implementation of sustainable energy conservation and renewable energy use.

The agreement was signed in separate locations by the director general of Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE), FX Sutijastoto, director general of Air Transportation, Novie Riyanto, president director of Angkasa Pura I, Faik Fahmi, and president director of Angkasa Pura II, Muhammad Awaluddin.

The cooperation is expected to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in airports under the management of the Directorate General of Air Transportation, and Angkasa Pura I and II.

“The MoU is expected to become a basis for the EBTKE Directorate General, as the institution that formulated the policy on renewable energy and energy conservation, to work in synergy with the Directorate General of Air Transportation, Angkasa Pura I and II," Sutijastoto said.

The national energy consumption, he said, is still dominated by fossil fuels, but their reserves have continued to decline.

“We need to intensify energy conservation as a solution to face the energy crisis. Saving one watt of electricity is faster and cheaper than producing one watt (of electricity),” he noted.

State-run airport operators PT Angkasa Pura I and II manage commercial airports across the country. Airports have a higher energy demand compared to other facilities such as hotels, office buildings, and malls.

Under the new plan, the airports could use their area and terminal roofs to install solar panels.

“This potential must be used maximally to supply environment-friendly energy in airports, and cut electricity bills,” Sutijastoto said. (INE)

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