The green economy potential requires a new business model.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The green economy will create 4.4 million new jobs in 2030, Deputy for Economic Affairs at the Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti stated.

"A new business model is required to tap the green economy potential. This new business model certainly requires new skills that are estimated to create 4.4 million new jobs related to green jobs," Widyasanti remarked at the online Green Jobs Conference monitored in Jakarta, Tuesday.

The deputy noted that new job opportunities would be available in several priority sectors, such as renewable energy, agriculture, waste management, transportation, and tourism.

It is estimated that its contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) would reach Rp600 trillion in 2030.

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"However, the potential of the green economy must also be complemented and accompanied by the availability of workers, who understand the requirements of industries to run a green industry," she remarked.

To this end, the government should help prospective workers to hone their skills in accordance with the requirements of green jobs.

Widyasanti also highlighted development in the new and renewable energy sector, which she opined was not yet optimal.

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The deputy cited the example of the potential of solar power as an energy source in Indonesia that reaches 207.9 gigawatts, though only 0.3 gigawatts had been utilized.

Meanwhile, the potential of hydropower as an energy source reaches 94.5 gigawatts, though only 6.1 gigawatts had been utilized.

"There are many new and renewable energy potentials, and now, we still mostly utilize the existing energy sources. It is just a matter of our commitment and will to encourage a more progressive energy transition," she added.

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Translator: Sanya D Susanti, Sri Haryati
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