The Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN, together with the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, has held a meeting in Yogyakarta to sound out the possibility of partnerships with the local administrations of nine regions across Indonesia to develop facilities that turn waste into energy.

“By being here today, we offer to share our experiences with Indonesia. Waste has a huge potential in Indonesia to become a major source for power generation,” EU Ambassador to Indonesia, Olof Skoog, said in his remarks during the opening of the “Waste-for-Energy Week” event in Yogyakarta on Tuesday.

“Waste-for-Energy Week” kicked off in Jakarta on Monday and is continuing in Yogyakarta until Friday.

Waste to Energy is part of the EU-Indonesia Trade Cooperation Facility program that will run for four-and-a-half years from 2012 to 2016. Among the program’s activities are building partnerships with the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and the National Energy Council to help compose renewable energy policies.

Nine local administrations that are ready to explore the possibility of partnerships with EU private companies are the provincial administrations of Central Java, DKI Jakarta and Yogyakarta, as well as the municipal administrations of Balikpapan, Lampung, Payakumbuh, Pekalongan, Palu and Surakarta.

“Many municipalities have shown an interest in establishing treatment plants and development in the sector is expected to accelerate in the coming years. We are delighted to be part of this and look forward to supporting Indonesia’s municipalities in finding the best technological, financial and operational solutions to building waste-to-energy facilities,” said Skoog.

The ministry’s director general for new and renewable energy and energy conservation, Rida Mulyana, said that with Indonesia’s growing energy demand, the country needed to develop more renewable energy sources, one of which was from waste.

“Just go ahead [and work with the] EU experts and investors to develop waste-to-energy facilities,” said Rida.

Rida added that Indonesia also needed to ensure that the partnerships between local administrations and EU companies met four criteria, namely being pro-growth, pro-employment, pro-poor and pro-environment. (ebf)

sumber: The Jakarta Post (http://www.thejakartapost.com)

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