Jakarta (ANTARA) - State-owned oil giant Pertamina has outlined its strategic initiatives for developing environmentally friendly and sustainable energy to reduce emissions and overcome environmental problems.

"Pertamina will prioritize the development of new and renewable energy to overcome environmental problems, which is in line with the National Energy Mix in 2030," President Director and CEO of Pertamina Nicke Widyawati said during a virtual media briefing on the Pertamina-Dubai Expo on Friday.

The strategies include the development of green refineries, development of bioenergy, and commercialization of hydrogen, she informed.

There are several other strategies that Pertamina is pursuing to develop environmentally friendly energy, such as gasification, initiating an integrated battery and energy storage ecosystem, as well as increasing installed geothermal capacity.

Widyawati said that Indonesia’s geothermal resources are abundantly spread across the Ring of Fire.

Hence, she said, she believed that the abundant resources could be a strong backbone to accelerate the energy transition, which is in line with the government’s goal to achieve net-zero emissions.

Furthermore, in the power plant sector, Pertamina has continued to increase the use of new and renewable energy as well as implement carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) to increase production in several fields, she informed.

As part of the Business 20 Task Force on Energy, Sustainability, and Climate, Pertamina has the same priorities as the Indonesian government in its capacity as President of the G20, namely prioritizing energy transition.

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"We have the same priorities as G20 Indonesia, where we must be a strong catalyst for green recovery and go hand in hand with the principles of energy security, energy equity, and environmental sustainability," she said.

The Energy, Sustainability, and Climate Task Force will center its policy recommendation based on three priority issues. First, accelerate the transition to sustainable energy use by ensuring that global warming is limited to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Second, ensure a just and affordable transition, and last, increase global cooperation for increasing energy security, especially for households and MSMEs, as a means of ending extreme poverty and accelerating the transition to sustainable energy use.

"We believe that by realizing strategic programs in collaboration with many partners across countries, energy sustainability is not merely just a discussion, but also a concrete action in which the impacts can be experienced by everyone," Widyawati remarked.

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