The GSI program of work for Indonesia undertakes research and policy engagement on subsidies for fuel consumers and producers, as well as breaking down barriers to renewable energy and ensuring long-term, sustainable reform processes.
Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources estimates that around six million households are still without access to electricity, and large investments are needed to supply reliable power across the country.
Coal is a central focus in this quest, and the Indonesian government expects it to continue to play a significant role in the decades to come. However, coal has harmful environmental and health impacts, while cleaner, renewable energy alternatives are becoming increasingly cost-competitive.
This paper looks at the health impacts of coal, including related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their costs to Indonesians, suggesting several ways the country could reduce the negative impacts of coal on health.
At an event held in Jakarta on March 28, 2018, at the Tugu Kunstkring Paleis, on behalf of the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI), I launched a report analyzing the perceptions that energy sector stakeholders hold about progress towards this objective.
As part of its work on energy policy and sustainable development in Indonesia, the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) publishes a regular briefing on issues related to energy subsidies.
There are two new consultancy opportunities available with our team. More information is available below:
Consultant on Indonesia’s Energy Policy and Investment (within IISD’s Energy Program, based in Indonesia)
Consultant on Indonesia’s Health and Energy (within IISD’s Energy Program, based in Indonesia)
Application deadline for both positions is 17 December 2017.
The Government of Indonesia is considering reform of its consumer subsidies for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) due to its rising fiscal cost: IDR 25 trillion (USD 1.9 billion) in 2016: around half of its total energy subsidy expenditure.
Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan recently announced that there would be no new coal plants in Java. The announcement heralds, at last, a step away from the coal-dominated future that had been proposed. Why has this decision been taken? And how should Indonesia seek to power its economy with coal now taken off the menu?
Indonesians’ lungs have been exposed to significant pollution in the past few years, from forest fire haze to increasing amounts of motor vehicle exhaust. A study looking at the greater Jakarta area attributed 3,700 premature deaths per year to air pollution from 2012 to 2015. The national and regional governments of Indonesia are trying to tackle some of these issues through, for example, banning land clearance by burning and improving public transit. But there’s one area, power generation, where current government policies are on course to make Indonesia’s air pollution worse.