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Greenpeace Indonesia: Govt's renewable energy act deviates from Paris agreement as PLTUs still permitted

Tempo - May 17, 2024

Alif Ilham Fajriadi, Jakarta – Greenpeace Indonesia believes the government's commitment to reducing global warming is far from the 2015 Paris Agreement, which contains a collaborative framework to prevent global temperatures from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Greenpeace Indonesia's Climate and Energy Campaigner, Bondan Andriyanu, said government policies seemed to ignore targets previously agreed upon by members of the United Nations (UN). One policy considered contrary to the Paris Agreement is Presidential Regulation No. 112 of 2022 concerning the Acceleration of the Development of Renewable Energy for Electric Power Supply.

"The world should no longer be pro-coal industry considering its clear negative impact on the climate," Bondan told Tempo on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

Article 3 Paragraph 4 of the regulation states that coal-fired power plant (PLTU) projects are not prohibited as long as they are oriented towards increasing the added value of natural resources PLTUs that are included in national strategic projects (PSN).

The provision contradicted the Paris Agreement, where countries are committed to reducing emissions and rising global temperatures. Indonesia still allows the construction of PLTUs, even though several countries have long since abandoned these power plants. The local PLTUs also still support nickel, aluminum, and similar materials industry.

"If (PLTUs) for industry are allowed, then the establishment of other PLTUs or coal mines will be even more massive," said Bondan.

According to Bondan, Greenpeace Indonesia is pushing for a more climate-friendly energy transition scheme. This environmental civil society organization also campaigns against the expansion of the mining business which is considered destructive to earth.

"We have released many studies to recommend reducing carbon emissions," he said.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1868800/greenpeace-indonesia-govts-renewable-energy-act-deviates-from-paris-agreement-as-pltus-still-permitte