Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif introduced Indonesia's strategies for transitioning to clean energy during the 9th Energy Transition Council (ETC) Ministerial Meeting held virtually on Wednesday (May 22).

In his ministry's statement received here on Thursday, Tasrif noted that Indonesia had strengthened its commitment to reducing carbon emissions by issuing the Enhanced Nationally Determined Contribution (E-NDC) document and had devised a road map for the net-zero emissions (NZE) targets in the energy sector.

"We have increased our emission reduction target, from 29 percent to 32 percent by 2030, through the issuance of the E-NDC document. In the energy sector, we will reduce carbon emissions by 358 million tons, higher than the initial target of 314 million tons," he stated.

He highlighted that Indonesia has formulated a road map expected to help achieve NZE targets in the energy sector by 2060 or sooner through clean energy transition.

He said that the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry had taken steps to comply with the E-NDC, including developing infrastructure interconnected through networks of electricity and gas pipes to support regional energy integration and economic development.

The minister stated that Indonesia is aiming to develop a super grid, or a wide-area electricity transmission network, in a bid to endorse energy transition and bridge the gap between producers and consumers.

Tasrif said that the government is planning to build and link gas pipes in Sumatra and Java to fully capitalize on the country's national gas resource.

He also emphasized the need to speed up and facilitate the development of technology at the industrial level while providing greater support for the mineral processing downstream industry to create an ecosystem and supply chains supportive to energy transition and job creation.

The ETC membership comprises multilateral and regional organizations in sustainable development and finance sectors formed under the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

The international council, launched on November 21, 2020, is co-led by COP26 President Alok Sharma and UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy & CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) Damilola Ogunbiyi.

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Translator: Ahmad M, Tegar Nurfitra
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