The energy transition as a catalyst for a green economy and low-carbon development

12 September 2022

IKI supports training for Indonesian decision makers from Sept. 12-16, 2022 in Bogor

On a global level, all countries are currently facing multiple crises, and the impact of the Corona pandemic in particular has impacted the Indonesian economy. The country, which consists of more than 17,000 islands, is also particularly vulnerable to climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution, and so Indonesia faces major challenges on the path to achieving its sustainable development goals.

The crises have in common that they trigger cross-sectoral problems that require a systemic and integrated approach to overcome. This requires a transformation that spurs economic growth while enabling long-term prosperity, livelihoods, and an intact environment. To this end, Indonesia has identified the green economy as a transformation priority and has integrated it into key national strategies for structural transformation. For example, in the current national medium-term development plan 2020-2024 (RPJMN 2020-2024). Indonesia aims to thus embark on a low-carbon development path and achieve the Indonesia 2045 vision.

To help Indonesia green its economic recovery after Covid-19, a Green Recovery Roadmap was prepared in 2021 in collaboration with Bappenas. The roadmap highlighted that a Green Economy relies on the long-term decarbonization of the economy and the scaling up of renewable energy.  Indonesia’s energy transition is thus a fundamental building block of the country’s sustainable transformation.

In cooperation with the Berlin-based Renewables Academy RENAC, an interactive five-day training course was developed, which dealt with various aspects of the energy transition as a catalyst for a green economy and low-carbon development. The main objective was to bring together Indonesian decision makers from different ministries and public institutions that work on the topic to share their different perspectives and search for common approaches, while fostering mutual understanding for challenges and opportunities within the sector.

Director of Environment at Bappenas, Dr. Medrilzam, greets the participants of the training during the opening session on September 12th, 2022, in Bogor, Indonesia. [GIZ]

To this end, 12 participants were selected from the Ministry of Planning, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Energy and the Parliament. Based on a needs assessment, the workshop week focused on the following topics: Sustainable Economic Transformation through Green Economy and Low Carbon Transformation, Global Trends in Energy Transition, Global Trends in Renewable Energy Policy, Energy Efficiency Promotion and Financing, and Communication and Negotiation Skills.

The training was officially opened by the Director of Environmental Affairs at Bappenas Dr. Medrilzam. The more technical topics were interspersed with interactive elements such as creating energy roadmaps in groups, working on case studies, and presenting the Indonesian perspective on aspects of the green economy and energy transition. The training will be flanked by online training and concluded by a study trip to Berlin in February 2023.

Contact person

Carolina Rojas, Thres Sanctyeka — Advisor

Strategic Environmental Dialogues (SUD) and Climate and Biodiversity Hub in Indonesia (ClimB)

Key buzzwords

Energy Transition, Green Economy, Green Recovery, Energy Efficiency, Low Carbon Development, Indonesia