Jakarta (ANTARA) - Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif has highlighted the need to work hard to achieve the new and renewable energy share target of 23 percent by 2025.

"In 2023, we saw there was an increase, but not yet significant. Thus, hard work is needed to get closer to the achievement target for 2025," he said at the "Energy and Mineral Resources Achievements in 2023 and Work Programs in 2024" press conference here on Monday.

As per the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources' records, the share of new and renewable energy in the energy mix reached 13.1 percent in 2023 as against the target of 17.9 percent. Meanwhile, in 2022, the share reached 12.3 percent, while the target was 15.7 percent.

The government is taking several measures to increase the share of new and renewable energy, including the construction of new and renewable energy power plants, as per the electricity supply plan (RUPTL), with a target of producing 10.6 gigawatts (GW) of power at the plants by 2025.

Another measure is the rooftop solar power generation (PLTS) program, under which the government is aiming to generate 3.6 GW of power by 2025.

"This rooftop PLTS actually can accelerate it, but, of course, it must be adjusted to the capability of the community as well as the capability of (state-run electricity company) PLN to accommodate it," he explained.

Other measures include the conversion of diesel power plants to new and renewable energy power plants, the mandatory Biodiesel 35 (B35) program that is seeking to produce 13.9 million kiloliters of the fuel by 2025, and biomass co-firing at coal-fired power plants with a target of reaching 10.2 million tons by 2025.

They further comprise the provision of access to new and renewable energy in underdeveloped, frontier, and outermost (3T) regions, geothermal exploration by the government, and off-grid and direct utilization of new and renewable energy.

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