The challenges of climate change are of global dimension which make global cooperation among nations indispensable. Cooperation in public as well as in private sectors in the fields of energy, in particular private investments, is gaining importance. Recognizing the potentials of Indonesia, especially in the geothermal sector, Germany is willing to be a competent partner of Indonesia for cooperation in energy-related technologies.
This view was expressed by Karl Wendling, Deputy Director General for External Economic Policy, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany during the opening of the energy conference “Toward the Sustainability of Energy in Indonesia: Hydrocarbon Outlooks and Trends of Renewable Energy”. Representing the German Government, Wendling also underlined the German interest to strengthen cooperation with Indonesia in the development of renewable energy, especially geothermal power. Moreover, the German official noted that Indonesia, besides being a strategic partner in regional (ASEAN) and global (G-20, UNFCCC) arenas, is perceived as a country making positive advances, for instance in the development of stable democracy and conducive policies in the investment sector.
In his opening address, Tubagus Haryono, Chairman of Oil and Gas Downstream Regulatory Agency of the Republic of Indonesia, representing the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia, underlined the importance of energy in the development of Indonesia. He said that it is for this reason that Indonesia pursues the enhancement of cooperation in the energy sector, among others in investment incentives for this field.
Eddy Pratomo, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Federal Republic of Germany, underlining the importance of energy for the future of peoples of the world, said that the Government of Indonesia recognizes the urgency of taking measures to upgrade energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Indonesian Ambassador further stated that his country always undertook to enhance cooperation with its partners in the world, including Germany. In this context, Pratomo said that during the visit in December 2009 by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia to Germany, the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia and the State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Environment signed an MoU on the CDM project. He further noted that the present conference offers an ideal forum for the business community to enhance concrete cooperation in the energy sector. He added that Indonesia’s huge potentials in the hydrocarbon as well as in the renewable energy sectors underscores its importance for stake holders and business representatives of the energy sector of Germany.
During the conference held at the City Hall of Berlin from 12-13 October 2010 attended by more than 190 participants representing many fields, including government, business, industry, students, research institutes, universities and decision makers of Germany as well as of Indonesia, an MoU for cooperation in the Coal Bed Methane (CBM) to power project was signed between GE Energy LLC and EPHINDO Energy Private Limited.
The conference initiated by the Indonesian Students Association (PPI) of Germany, in cooperation with Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Berlin and the International Association of Scholars of Indonesia will be conducted over two days using the momentum of the Year of Science (Wissenschaftsjahr) 2010 in Germany. The topic of the first day centers on German-Indonesian cooperation on renewable energy, aspects of hydrocarbon, and the prospects for renewable energy. Day two is focused on the development of energy in Indonesia and application and implementation of renewable energy. The conference will also offer business representatives to conduct one-on-one meetings.
Within the frameworks of the conference, 30 Indonesian students will also have the opportunity to present their papers in a competition for creativity and innovation. The students will offer their ideas for development and utilization of energy resources for application in Indonesia.