President highlights Indonesia's energy, climate commitments at MEF

President highlights Indonesia's energy, climate commitments at MEF

President Joko Widodo attends the 2021 Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate on September 17, 2021. (ANTARA/HO-Press Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat/uyu)

Credibility in the form of concrete actions is very crucial.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) virtually attended the 2021 Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) from the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Friday night.

According to a written statement received from the Press Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat here on Saturday morning, Jokowi was one of the 10 heads of state and/or government participating in the forum.

In his speech, Jokowi noted that currently, various sectors in the world -- comprising energy and climate, were reeling from difficulties.

However, it cannot be handled only by one country, but rather, it requires a joint global action.

"Credibility in the form of concrete actions is very crucial," Jokowi affirmed.

At the meeting, he highlighted Indonesia's commitment to contribute to tackling difficulties.

In the energy sector, Jokowi noted that in August 2021, Indonesia had initiated steps for renewable energy transition as well as begun accelerating steps to achieve a green economy.


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"To realize the transformation, we have set a strategy for shifting the coal power plants to the renewable energy ones, accelerating the establishment of renewable energy infrastructure that is supported through energy-efficient measures, increasing the use of biofuels, as well as developing the electric vehicle industry ecosystem," he remarked.

In addition, the head of state revealed that Indonesia had targeted to achieve carbon neutrality -- net-zero carbon emissions -- by 2060 for which the pilot area is still being developed.

"It comprises the construction of the 20,000-hectare Green Industrial Park -- the largest in the world -- in North Kalimantan," he stated.

Meanwhile, speaking in connection with the energy transition, he assessed that global partnership was the dire need of the hour as developing countries required affordable financing and technology for the implementation process.

"We are open to any opportunities involving cooperation and investment for the development of Indonesia’s biofuels; lithium battery industry; electric vehicles; carbon capture and storage technology; hydrogen energy; green industrial areas; as well as carbon market," he stated.


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In addition, the head of state conveyed his support for the Global Methane Pledge -- a joint action aimed at reducing 30 percent of the global methane emissions by 2030.

He stated that the pledge would become a momentum to strengthen partnerships in supporting the capability of developing countries.

“Along with the United States and 45 other countries, Indonesia has also joined the Global Methane Initiative. Reducing methane emissions is part of Indonesia's Nationally Determined Contribution," he stated.


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Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahendra Siregar informed that President of the United States Joe Biden had invited several key countries to the meeting.

The meeting was also attended by the president of the European Commission, president of the Council of Europe, and secretary general of the United Nations.

The deputy minister also stated that the forum aimed to establish cooperation among major countries in taking various ambitious concrete attempts to ensure that the global temperature will not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius.


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