Indonesia has signed an extensive green cooperation agreement with Denmark to help boost its green and sustainable development goals, emphasizing the green transition and energy efficiency. The agreement was sealed during Denmark’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod’s visit to Indonesia.
The pact ensures closer Danish-Indonesian cooperation towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on expanding cooperation in the fields of energy, food & agriculture, waste management, as well as building a circular economy.
Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod met his Indonesian counterpart in the capital city of Jakarta to discuss the means for fighting climate change as well as building economic and security cooperation.
Kofod said “We are launching a new energy platform that doubles our effort in fighting against climate change and promotes renewable energy in the electricity mix.”
“This is both about creating green jobs and strongly propelling development in one of the countries where, among other things, the phase-out of coal must be accelerated to reduce global emissions,” he added.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Masudi noted that sustainable growth is no longer an option, it’s a must. The longstanding cooperation with Denmark is looking forward to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Indonesia is one of the world’s largest coal-consuming and coal-exporting countries. As one of the top emitters of carbon dioxide in Asia, the country will be severely impacted by climate change. In the run-up to COP26 held in Glasgow, Indonesia issued a new pledge to reach net-zero emissions by 2060 or even sooner with international support.
Denmark is the second largest trade, investment, and tourism partner for Indonesia. Besides the new agreement, both the countries are already engaged In Indonesia-Denmark Energy Partnership Programme (INDODEPP), which spans five years from 2020-2025.
The key objective of the partnership is to fulfill the Indonesian energy target of 23% of renewable energy share in the energy system by 2025. The approach includes both short- and long-term energy planning including energy modeling, renewable energy integration, and energy efficiency, with the goal to entail significant renewable energy expansions.