Hydrogen to Contribute to Energy Transition in Indonesia, Says Energy Minister

Hydrogen is expected to become a contributor to the energy transition, and therefore, plays an important role in decarbonizing the global energy system, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR), Arifin Tasrif, has side on the sidelines of a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea, Moon Sung Wook, in Jakarta on Monday (21/2).

Arifin admitted there are a number of challenges to hydrogen use, including how to make hydrogen economically viable, financially attractive, and beneficial to society. "We will continue to follow trends in hydrogen technology and open opportunities to collaborate in hydrogen implementation," added Arifin.

On the supply side, hydrogen is one of the government's main strategies in carrying out the road map to carbon neutrality by 2060. "The main strategy to reach carbon neutral from the supply side is by developing renewable energy on a massive scale, with a focus on solar, hydro and geothermal as well as hydrogen," said Arifin.

The Director General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation, Dadan Kusdiana, has on several occasions revealed plans to use hydrogen in the industry and transportation sectors. Hydrogen will not be used with fuel cell technology but will instead use internal combustion technology commonly installed at motor vehicles.

On the demand side, the government is implementing energy management, promoting the use of electric stoves, and accelerating the deployment of battery electric vehicles. For this reason, the Indonesian government has entered into an agreement with the South Korean government about a Pilot Project on Charging System for Electric Vehicles, which will create an electric vehicle ecosystem, including the charging industry, in Indonesia.

Indonesia is developing a simulation of a long-term strategy for Net Zero Emissions by 2060. The strategy will support Indonesia's commitment to the Paris Agreement, namely to achieve a 29% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and reduce 314 million tons of CO2e from the energy sector as set out in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). (IY)

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