Export of 100 MW of electricity to Singapore

Export of 100 MW of electricity to Singapore

An interesting statement was made by Singapore Minister of Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong at the opening of Singapore International Energy Week. Minister Gan believes that all countries, including Singapore, should help prevent climate change.

Singapore’s contribution to tailpipe emissions is actually very low. However, Singapore cannot do it alone to prevent climate change from happening. If the world fails to prevent global warming, Singapore will suffer the consequences.

Today, Singaporeans are already feeling the impact of climate change. Suddenly it rained a lot in Singapore. Singaporeans, on the other hand, could face a heat wave.

One of the steps Singapore will take to prevent climate change is to become a low carbon country. This is being done gradually by replacing the use of fossil fuels with new renewable energies.

According to Minister Gan, by 2035 Singapore will need around 4 GW of electricity from clean energy. One of the steps started by importing 100 MW of solar power from Pulau Bulan, Indonesia.

The stage of cooperation between Indonesia and Singapore in the development of clean energies must be appreciated. Cooperation between the two countries will provide more optimal benefits for the supply of renewable energy and increase the joint capacity to participate in global commitments to prevent climate change.

In fact, this step can be a starting point for cooperation among ASEAN countries. The development of new and renewable energies cannot be supported by a single country. Indonesia itself needs an investment of around IDR 10 trillion to make the energy transition to new and renewable energies.

Energetic transition

Energy transitions must be carried out in a measured and careful manner. The energy transition cannot be done like turning the palm of the hand. We have to take into account the issues of safety, sustainability and affordability.

The capacity of each country to provide clean energy is not the same. Mastery of reliable technology and different financing capacities. Indeed, the ability of citizens to access energy is not evenly distributed.

Today’s world experiences warn against caution in energy transitions. China’s economic recovery is constrained by the limited energy supply. In fact, the issue of energy is becoming very serious because it affects the production side.

China in the third quarter was not up 4.5% (year-on-year). In fact, in the first two quarters of 2021, economic growth has skyrocketed. The limited supply of electricity has forced many factories to cut back on production, and as a result, the Chinese economy will be depressed in the fourth quarter if they cannot resolve their energy supply problems.

The same has happened in European countries. The energy transition to create a greener world is not supported by more available and affordable alternative energy. As a result, European countries will not only face colder and darker winters, but there will also be disruptions on the production side.

The Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia, Arifin Tasrif, reiterated the need for a smoother energy transition. Do not allow there to be any disruption on the supply side, as this will cause unrest in the community.

In fact, what must be considered, in order not to cast any doubt, is the importance of all the countries which are preparing for the energy transition towards clean energy. Because, if that happens, it could negatively impact our efforts to prevent climate change, as will be agreed at the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

Position of Indonesia

Today, the increase in the average temperature of the earth is not only raising the sea level and many islands are sinking. What is more worrying, however, is the disruption of the ecosystem. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has been going on for about a year and a half, is one of the consequences of climate change.

Millions of human beings on earth are victims of the imbalance of nature. We have lost the closest people, relatives, relatives, friends to covid-19.

The report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calls on all countries of the world to reduce the opportunities for climate change, in particular the reduction of greenhouse gases or CO2 emissions must be done massively so that the scenario of an increase in Earth’s temperature above 1.5 degrees Celsius over the next decade can be avoided.

Individually, Indonesia will reduce its tailpipe emissions by 29% by 2030. If this step is taken together or in collaboration with the global community, the commitment to reduce tailpipe emissions can be carried forward. at 41%.

Indonesia’s efforts to reduce exhaust emissions began with reducing the rate of deforestation. The rate of deforestation in Indonesia for the period 2019-2020 has decreased by 75%, or 115.5 thousand hectares, compared to the period 2018-2019 which reached 462.5 thousand hectares.

The government’s commitment is also firm to continue on the path of reducing deforestation as a source of emission reductions. Efforts are underway and resources continue to be allocated to control deforestation rates in Indonesia at different levels.

President Joko Widodo is also actively campaigning for efforts to save Earth by planting mangroves. With the ambassadors of the European Union, the president planted mangroves in North Kalimantan.

Another thing that has become Indonesia’s greatest contribution to saving the Earth is the preservation of coral reefs. By jointly protecting the coral reefs that are found throughout Indonesia, Indonesia will help absorb CO2, as coral reefs are known to be the living creatures that absorb the most CO2.

The energy sector is not left behind in reducing exhaust emissions. This effort is being made because the reduction of the greenhouse effect will not be sustainable if it is not followed by a reduction in gas emissions for the fuel we use.

Measures to reduce exhaust emissions from the energy sector started with the use of bioenergy. The use of bioenergy does not only apply to land transport, but also to air transport.

The use of bioenergy has been shown to have little effect on engine performance. It certainly gives a positive message for reducing energy from fossils.

Indonesia has many options for the development of new and renewable energies. New and renewable energies can come from sunlight, wind, water, geothermal energy and underwater currents, which make up two-thirds of Indonesia’s territory.

Technology in the field of renewable energies has developed considerably. Now, to produce one megawatt of electricity from diesel, it only takes 0.6 hectares to the previous hectare.

With so many natural resources owned by Indonesia, we are not only able to meet the energy needs for national needs, but we can also export them. The initiative has already started, in which 100 MW of energy from our solar power will be exported from Pulau Bulan to Singapore in 2024. Singapore’s need for 4 GW of electricity, which comes from clean energy, is not impossible to meet from Indonesia.


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