Jakarta: Since the first geothermal resources mapping leading to the construction of Indonesia’s first geothermal plant in Kamojang, West Java in 1970s, New Zealand remains committed to assist Indonesia to develop its abundant renewable energy sources, particularly geothermal.
As calls to expedite transition to clean energy mounted, New Zealand is dedicated to further strengthen the partnership.
The commitment is indicated in the recently signed Plan of Action of the Indonesia-New Zealand Comprehensive Partnership for 2020-2024.
The plan acknowledged the needs to renew focus on bilateral priorities, including renewable energy cooperation, while exploring new opportunities.
"As part of the overall efforts to pursue stronger collaboration, New Zealand’s Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker has confirmed his attendance at the Digital Indonesia International Geothermal Convention (DIIGC) 2020," Diana Permana, New Zealand's Trade Commissioner to Indonesia, said in a press release on Friday.
The DIIGC 2020 is hosted on Zoom platform by the Indonesian Geothermal Association (INAGA) on September 1-10.
The digital event is conducted in place of the annual Indonesia International Geothermal Convention & Exhibition (IIGCE) 2020, which was postponed to 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic.
According to Diana, Minister Parker will share strategies to address the immediate challenges in response to covid-19 and reaffirm the importance of promoting low-emissions and climateresilient economic recovery, through implementation of green policies, technologies and practices, including cooperation on renewable energy, at the DIIGC 2020 plenary session September 8.
"The pandemic has emphasized the needs to accelerate the shift to a more environmentally sensitive policy and a faster transition to renewable energy. New Zealand will continue to take a leading role to increase access to affordable, reliable, clean energy in Indonesia," said Diana.
As home to some of the world’s largest and most sustainable geothermal projects, New Zealand has the experience and expertise to champion global efforts to develop the industry.
Through New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), New Zealand continues to extend innovative assistance and advanced technology to help Indonesia harness and realize its renewable energy potentials.
In Indonesia, New Zealand had supported the development of geothermal energy through training, capacity building and commercial collaborations.
It assisted Indonesia in evaluating the potential of geothermal working areas, ensuring the future exploration program is well targeted.
Additionally, New Zealand worked in partnership with the World Bank to support the progression of the Waesano geothermal exploration project in East Nusa Tenggara, aiming to provide an exemplar model for future Indonesia-led exploration projects.
New Zealand and Indonesia are among the top five largest geothermal producers in the world, with the United States, the Philippines and Turkey.
The Indonesian government is targeting to be world's largest geothermal electricity producer by installing over 8,000 MW of power in 2030, about 23 percent of its national energy mix.