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The Role of Media in Indonesia’s Energy Transition Journey

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In the course of economic recovery after the Covid 19 pandemic, Indonesia is currently at a crossroads to choose the path of green economic recovery, or the path of economic recovery that produces high emissions. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Indonesian economy hard, as can be seen from the negative economic growth we are experiencing. But on the other hand, Covid 19 opens an opportunity to change the direction of economic development to be greener and lower emissions. Based on the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report 6 (IPCC AR6), we are running out of time to keep the earth’s temperature rise within safe limits. As one of the countries with the largest economic growth in the world as well as the largest emitter in the world, Indonesia has a responsibility to reduce its emissions, especially from the energy sector. In the post-Covid-19 economic recovery situation, Indonesia must find a way to get out of the economic crisis and at the same time overcome the climate crisis. Making an energy transition is a must if Indonesia is serious about ‘greening’ its economic recovery program.

 

In overseeing the process of Indonesia’s economic recovery, all levels of society need to participate in monitoring and voicing their opinions to ensure that the path taken by the government is the path that will lead Indonesia to a low-emissions economic recovery. It is important for Indonesia as a nation to carry out an economic recovery that takes into account the climate crisis because the crisis is the source of all future crises. The urgency of the climate crisis and low-emissions economic recovery needs to be conveyed to the public, one of which is through the mass media, so that people can ‘demand’ the government when the government does not choose a greener economic recovery path.

 

To help journalists provide comprehensive coverage of energy transition issues, the Clean, Affordable, and Secure Energy (CASE) for Southeast Asia program, IESR organizes training for journalists. This training includes material input on energy and energy transitions, as well as how to write coverage of energy transitions so that they can be better understood by the wider community. This program will take place in ten sessions lasting from September to October 2021, and will be attended by 20 selected journalists from various regions in Indonesia.

 

In his remarks, Fabby Tumiwa, executive director of IESR emphasized the importance of the media’s role in the energy transition process. “The community must be able to support, encourage, and voice their opinions to policy makers. This is where the media plays an important role in building community collective awareness so that Indonesia builds a greener economy,” said Fabby.

 

In the first session which took place on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, participants were introduced to the concept of energy and energy transition guided by three speakers from Agora Energiewende.

 

Tharinya Supasa, Project Lead Energy Policy South East Asia Agora Energiewende, stressed that it is important for all levels of society to understand the importance of the energy transition.

 

“Because energy is very close to us, from cooking, watching TV to working with computers or other electronic devices. So whatever happens in the energy sector will affect everyone’s life,” said Tharinya.

In the course of economic recovery after the Covid 19 pandemic, Indonesia is currently at a crossroads to choose the path of green economic recovery, or the path of economic recovery that produces high emissions. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Indonesian economy hard, as can be seen from the negative economic growth we are experiencing. But on the other hand, Covid 19 opens an opportunity to change the direction of economic development to be greener and lower emissions. Based on the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report 6 (IPCC AR6), we are running out of time to keep the earth’s temperature rise within safe limits. As one of the countries with the largest economic growth in the world as well as the largest emitter in the world, Indonesia has a responsibility to reduce its emissions, especially from the energy sector. In the post-Covid-19 economic recovery situation, Indonesia must find a way to get out of the economic crisis and at the same time overcome the climate crisis. Making an energy transition is a must if Indonesia is serious about ‘greening’ its economic recovery program.

 

In overseeing the process of Indonesia’s economic recovery, all levels of society need to participate in monitoring and voicing their opinions to ensure that the path taken by the government is the path that will lead Indonesia to a low-emissions economic recovery. It is important for Indonesia as a nation to carry out an economic recovery that takes into account the climate crisis because the crisis is the source of all future crises. The urgency of the climate crisis and low-emissions economic recovery needs to be conveyed to the public, one of which is through the mass media, so that people can ‘demand’ the government when the government does not choose a greener economic recovery path.

 

To help journalists provide comprehensive coverage of energy transition issues, the Clean, Affordable, and Secure Energy (CASE) for Southeast Asia program, IESR organizes training for journalists. This training includes material input on energy and energy transitions, as well as how to write coverage of energy transitions so that they can be better understood by the wider community. This program will take place in ten sessions lasting from September to October 2021, and will be attended by 20 selected journalists from various regions in Indonesia.

 

In his remarks, Fabby Tumiwa, executive director of IESR emphasized the importance of the media’s role in the energy transition process. “The community must be able to support, encourage, and voice their opinions to policy makers. This is where the media plays an important role in building community collective awareness so that Indonesia builds a greener economy,” said Fabby.

 

In the first session which took place on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, participants were introduced to the concept of energy and energy transition guided by three speakers from Agora Energiewende.

 

Tharinya Supasa, Project Lead Energy Policy South East Asia Agora Energiewende, stressed that it is important for all levels of society to understand the importance of the energy transition.

 

“Because energy is very close to us, from cooking, watching TV to working with computers or other electronic devices. So whatever happens in the energy sector will affect everyone’s life,” said Tharinya.

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