Jakarta (ANTARA) - Pertamina will strive to cooperate with other state-owned enterprises (SOEs) as well as international partners in efforts to realize net-zero emissions (NZE) and develop an electric vehicle ecosystem in Indonesia.

Pertamina has signed cooperation agreements with several international parties, which are expected to encourage the achievement of the NZE target by 2060 and stoke economic growth in Indonesia, the state-owned energy company said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

The company inked at least 12 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) related to the energy transition and clean energy during the “Road to G20: SOE International Conference,” which was themed "Driving Sustainable & Inclusive Growth,” in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday (October 18, 2022).

The signing of the MoUs was witnessed by Deputy SOEs Minister Pahala N. Mansury.

Mansury said that the cooperation between Indonesian SOEs and foreign companies was part of the government’s measures to realize energy transition in the country.

The cooperation is expected to drive economic growth and increase domestic energy capacity.

"In the next nine years alone, we will need twice as much energy as what we produce today," he noted.

"We hope that this (collaboration with foreign partners) can be a showcase of our seriousness, especially our SOEs ... how Indonesian SOEs are very serious in ensuring the country enters a transition period to switch to clean energy," he added.

Meanwhile, Pertamina's Director of Strategy, Portfolio, and Business Development Atep Salyadi Dariah Saputra said that the company's plan to develop an electric vehicle ecosystem -- another measure to support the energy transition, which requires a long-term strategy -- is currently taking shape through the Indonesia Battery Corporation.

At the conference in Bali, Pertamina signed an MoU on cooperation to strengthen the electric vehicle ecosystem in Indonesia.

"Pertamina will focus on supplying batteries, grids, and electric vehicle chargers. To support the electric vehicle ecosystem, Pertamina will use the ‘My Pertamina’ app as an all-in-one application that can be used as a payment, queue, and maintenance method," Saputra explained.

He further said that the development of the battery industry in Indonesia also has great potential, especially for two-wheeled vehicles whose development potential in Indonesia has been faster than for four-wheeled vehicles.

Pertamina is currently intensively pursuing the Green Energy Station (GES) program, which is an environmentally friendly gas station concept that includes the services of electric charging or battery replacement for electric vehicles.

"Pertamina has collaborated with several big companies to further develop the electric vehicle ecosystem in Indonesia, such as online taxi digital platform service Gojek and Grab as well as JNE shipping company, and others," Saputra said.

Besides readiness in terms of technology and innovation, human resource readiness also needs to be considered in the development of the electric vehicle ecosystem in Indonesia, he added.

For that, Saputra said, the energy transition must be prepared by ensuring the ability of human resources to accommodate changes, such as through knowledge transfer, upskilling, and workshops.

"The labor transition must be accelerated as an effort to anticipate direct and indirect impacts of the energy transition on the labor sector," he added.

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