Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif said the government is hopefully able to achieve a target of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction of 358 million tons in 2030.

According to the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) document, Indonesia is committed to reducing GHG emissions by 358 million tons of CO2, or 12.5 percent on its own, or 446 million tons of CO2, or 15.5 percent, with international assistance by 2030.

Speaking at the 2023 Indonesia Solar Summit in Jakarta on Wednesday, he said the national energy mix must reach 23 percent of clean energy by 2025, which currently only reaches nearly 12.5 percent.

"In 2025, we should be able to achieve (a mix of) 23 percent of new (and renewable) energy in the existing electrical energy mix, (though) currently, it has only reached nearly 12.5 percent. We still have two years left," he said.

Moreover, Tasrif remarked that the government is also targeting 300 Gigawatts (GW) of clean energy in 2030, which has the potential to be increased to three folds.

On this occasion, he stated that along with stakeholders, his ministry had carried out various programs to reduce the GHG emissions, including through the use of solar power, which has huge potential in Indonesia.

"Indonesia has enormous potential to utilize solar energy since we are a tropical country located on the equator with wide land," Tasrif remarked.

ANTARA noted that Indonesia had submitted its Enhanced NDC to the UNFCCC Secretariat on 23 September 2022 with increased emission reduction target from 29 percent in First NDC and Updated NDC to 31.89 percent unconditionally and from 41 percent in the Updated NDC to 43.20 percent conditionally.

This Enhanced NDC is the transition towards Indonesia's Second NDC which is aligned with the Long-Term Low Carbon and Climate Resilience Strategy (LTS-LCCR) 2050 with a vision to achieve net-zero emission by 2060 or sooner.

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