"Some efficiency programs that can be carried out include replacing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for natural gas,"
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif shed light on several strategies to accelerate the achievement of the new and renewable energy mix target in Indonesia.

At the "National Seminar on Indonesian Economic Outlook 2024," here on Friday, he explained that Indonesia has a target to achieve a 23-percent renewable energy mix by 2025.

However, the current progress towards energy transition is still far from the goal, he pointed out.

"Our current achievement is still far away (from the target), approximately 60 percent of the target, even though it is only two years away," he remarked.

He noted that the COVID-19 pandemic, infrastructure, and demand factors are challenges in achieving the new and renewable energy mix target.

Tasrif explained that in terms of infrastructure, the government has designed a transmission network that can expand access to new and renewable energy sources in the country.

Meanwhile, from the demand side, he highlighted the need to streamline related regulations or policies to attract investment in the field of new and renewable energy.

"We must create demand. (We need to work on) how to fulfill new electricity demand that is growing significantly with renewable clean energy," he emphasized.

On that occasion, he drew attention to ongoing new and renewable energy projects that should be made more efficient.

"Some efficiency programs that can be carried out include replacing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for natural gas," he stated.

Tasrif explained that Indonesia annually imports 5.5 million tons of LPG despite continued exports of natural gas reserves and having production levels that tend to increase.

With the discovery of new sources, the minister affirmed that Indonesia can accelerate natural gas production. Hence, he encouraged transmission development, so that public access to natural gas can be more affordable and can reduce LPG imports.

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