Indonesia is Still stuck with Coal despite the green vision


Despite cautious plaudits from some environmental groups for aggressive efforts to reduce carbon emissions, Indonesia, the world’s largest thermal coal exporter, shows no signs of weaning itself off the polluting fuel anytime soon.
Indonesia, the world’s eighth-largest carbon emitter, has accelerated its target of net-zero emissions from 2070 to 2060 or sooner, ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November, and signed the US-led Global Methane Pledge. Under a new, greener long-term economic vision, it aims to halt constructing new coal-fired power plants and phase out Coal for energy by 2056.
However, Indonesia, like other coal-producing countries such as Australia and India, is grappling with how to strike a balance between environmental goals and the expense of shutting down a sector that generated US$38 billion (S$51.4 billion) in export profits in the first seven months of 2021.
“Coal power plants are being phased out. But, if you’re asking whether we’re closing mines, the answer is no. We have the Coal, and there are alternative ways to use it “The energy ministry’s head of renewable energy, Mr. Dadan Kusdiana.
Last month, the UN’s climate scientific council issued a landmark study warning that global warming was perilously close to becoming uncontrollable. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has been dubbed “a death knell for coal and fossil fuels.”
Nonetheless, Indonesia is considering adopting carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to maintain consuming and extracting value from Coal, despite environmentalists’ claims that CCS is costly and still requires further research and testing.


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