Bali, November 25, 2023 – The Provincial Government of Bali has launched Bali towards Net Zero Emission 2045 or Bali NZE 2045 in August 2023. Strategy implementation and collaboration with various parties continue to be carried out to achieve the initiative’s target of net zero emissions. Supporting this initiative, the Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) in collaboration with some communities held Sustainable Energy Bali (SE-Bali) 2023 on Saturday and Sunday, November 25-26, 2023. In addition to promoting the use of renewable energy, the event also aims to encourage togetherness for the achievement of the Bali NZE 2045 target.
Fabby Tumiwa, the Executive Director of IESR, views that the achievement of the Bali NZE 2045 target will affect sustainable economic improvement, particularly in the tourism sector which is the backbone of Bali. He believes that Bali will be able to achieve the NZE target, which is 15 years ahead of the national target.
“There are three reasons that make Bali strategic to achieve this target. First, the Balinese culture is very close to maintaining harmony with nature. Second, the government has the spirit to make Bali sustainable with sustainable energy. Third, renewable energy will make Bali more attractive for tourists to visit along with increasing world awareness to overcome the climate crisis,” said Fabby.
Head of the Bali Manpower and Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Office, Ida Bagus Setiawan, revealed that achieving Bali NZE 2045 is a joint work.
“Bali NZE 2045 is not only about the Bali Provincial Government program but also about how we can be involved in protecting Bali’s nature. For this reason, in addition to accelerating the use of renewable energy, the Bali Provincial Government also encourages the improvement of human resources (HR) related to individual understanding of the importance of reducing emissions to increasing the ability of vocational students to be absorbed in green jobs,” said Ida Bagus Setiawan.
Prof. Ida Ayu Dwi Giriantari, Chairperson of the Center of Excellence Community of Based Renewable Energy (CORE) Udayana University, mentioned that Nusa Penida became an early area to achieve net zero in the Bali NZE 2045 program, with a target of 100% renewable energy by 2030. One of the concrete steps to support this vision is the operation of a hybrid solar PV in Nusa Penida with a capacity of 3.5 Megawatt peak (MWp). Located on 4.5 hectares of land, the solar PV is a clean and sustainable energy, and it has the potential to become an attractive ecotourism destination in Bali.
“Achieving the 100% renewable energy target in Nusa Penida is a real step in supporting sustainability and ecosystem balance. We strongly believe that the potential of renewable energy, such as solar, wind, and hydro, can be maximized to achieve environmental sustainability,” explained Prof Ida Ayu.