babelPangkalpinang, 2 Shaban 1436/20 May 2015 (MINA) – The government of Bangka Belitung Province is offering the development of environmentally friendly renewable electric energy to prospective investors.

“We offer renewable electrical energy to potential investors  derived from natural gas, because it is friendly to environment,”the Head of the Regional Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) of Bangka Belitung, Yan Megawandi said in Pangkalpinang, Monday.

“The development of renewable energy is also support the provincial government program which also developing tourism sector, especially in Belitung regency,” he said. Antara quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reported.

“The development of this renewable energy will affect investment tourism industries growth and equitable development and welfare of the community would be more optimal,” he said.

During this time, he said the local government is still difficult to develop downstream industries and tourism due to the limitations of electric energy.

Indonesia is one of Asia’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases, with land use change and deforestation the primary culprits. The industry, power, and transport sectors dominate Indonesia’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. If Indonesia continues on the current energy consumption path, it will release greenhouse gas emissions that are nearly triple the current amount by 2025.

The government of Indonesia is committed to mitigating climate change and has announced that the country will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2020. Fossil fuels dominate the country’s energy supply.

To mitigate the local environmental impacts and diversify the fuel mix as a hedge against fossil fuel price volatility, the government is launching a program to develop 10,000 megawatts of generation capacity by 2014 through a program of predominantly renewable energy.

The National Energy Council (DEN) has issued a series of recommendations to reorient the national energy policy to renewable energy by 2050, urging the government to stop exporting gas and coal to preserve depleting fossil energy reserves.

DEN secretary-general Hadi Purnomo said that with the rise in fuel consumption and a decline in fossil energy reserves, renewable energy must be utilized and stop exports of gas and coal must be stopped as they could be used as alternatives to oil. (T/P008/R03)


Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)