Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's abundant natural resources offer a multiplicity of potential as sources of new and renewable energy, Deputy Minister of Environment and Forestry Alue Dohong has said.

"Indonesia is the 'barn' of new and renewable energies -- its heaven if I can say," Dohong remarked at the 2023 Indonesia Net-Zero Summit here on Saturday.

He pointed out some of the potential renewable energy sources that Indonesia has, including wind, solar, bioenergy, and hydroelectricity.

Indonesia is also a superpower in the matter of ownership of new energy sources, the deputy minister highlighted.

Indonesia has 13.43 million hectares of peatlands, the peat hydrological unit of 24 million hectares across the country can potentially store 38 to 55 gigatons of carbon, he noted.

The deputy minister said that Indonesia also has 3.14 million hectares of mangrove forests, and the carbon stored in Indonesia's mangrove ecosystem is projected to reach three gigatons.

"If we can maintain and preserve the two ecosystems, it already means a lot," he added

Indonesia's energy and forestry and other land uses (FOLU) sectors have the largest potential to be tapped for emission reduction until 2030, he said.

"There are at least five sectors that we are currently focusing on right now. The largest is, of course, FOLU, because it is (targeted to contribute) almost 60 percent (to emission reduction), and energy," he informed.

He noted that the government is engaged in the forestry, energy, Industrial Process and Product Use (IPPU), waste, and agriculture sectors to reduce emissions.

Of the five sectors, forestry and energy are the largest sectors in which emission reduction efforts would be centered in order to reach the Nationally Determined Contributions target, Dohong said.

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