Daily Archives: June 16, 2019

Minister explains energy transition for environment at G20 meeting

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan and Minister of Forestry and Environment Siti Nurbaya discussed the energy transition in line with environmental protection at the G20 ministerial meeting in the city of Karuizawa, 150 kilometers north of Tokyo, Japan.

The ministerial meeting would agree on the G20 Energy Commitment in the Complete Ministerial Communique Document, which was discussed at the Energy Transitions Working Group (ETWG), according to information from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources here on Sunday.

By integrating the issue of climate change, Japan raises the main theme of energy transition in line with environmental protection and economic growth in “3E + S” namely Energy Security, Economic Efficiency and Environment (3E) and Safety (S).

Japan also prioritizes the Innovation agenda and advanced energy issues, namely Hydrogen, Carbon Capture Storage and Utilization (CCUS), Well-to-Wheel Analysis and Nuclear and Research and Development 20 (RD20).

On this occasion, Indonesia sought various efforts and strategic responses, so that the Japan G20 Secretariat accommodated a number of issues in Third Draft Communique, which among others, first included the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) / Agenda 2030 as the main reference for the Communique, recognizing the implementation of the Energy Transition varies according to SDGs (SDG7).

Second included biofuels as one of Energy Innovations, and bioenergy as part of Renewable Energy and Energy Transition in the world in a variety of uses, especially electricity generation and transportation.

Third included the affordability aspects of Energy Efficiency and Power Systems, and lifted Clean and Affordable Energy Access as a separate part.

Fourth emphasized the importance of understanding the situation of each country in developing CCUS, and encouraging international collaboration in the development of relatively new Hydrogen.

Fifth focused on Well-to-Wheel which is only to develop energy efficiency potential, and not to standardize the calculation of CO2 emissions of motor vehicles in each country.

Sixth simplified nuclear discussions and accommodating the interests of nuclear non-users.

In addition to attending the Ministerial Meeting, Minister Jonan was also scheduled to hold a number of bilateral meetings with several countries including Japan with the agenda of witnessing the Signing of INPEX Head of Agreement (HoA) for the management of the Masela Block, a source in Maluku waters.

Source: Antara News

Ten Sub-districts in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, hit by drought

Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta (ANTARA) – Ten sub-districts in Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta special autonomous region, are currently being hit by severe drought.

The ten affected sub-districts were Girisubo, Rongkop, Purwosari, Tepus, Ngawen, Ponjong, Semin, Patuk, Semanu, and Paliyan, Edi Basuki, head of the Gunung Kidul disaster mitigation office (BPBD), said here, on Sunday.

“Of the ten drought-affected sub-districts, Paliyan, Girisubo and Rongkop are the worst affected ones. We have distributed clean water to those three sub-districts since June 1,” he said.

The local authorities have anticipated clean water shortages during the current dry season.

Girisubo, Tepus, Rongkop, Panggang, Purwosari, Patuk, and Semin often face water crisis when drought occurs, he said.

The Gunung Kidul has allocated a budget amounting to Rp500 million for clean water supply and deployed seven water tank trucks to deal with water crisis during the dry season this year, according to him

Source: Antara News

Surabaya Mayor talks about waste management in France

Surabaya, East Java (ANTARA) – Mayor of Surabaya Tri Rismaharini talked about waste management in her city while speaking during a debate on Plastics Recycling in Big Cities at the Fifth World Materials Forum (WMF) held in Nancy, France, on Friday (June 14).

The mayor highlighted the success of Indonesia’s second largest city in waste management and particularly in plastic recycling and turning organic waste into compost, the Surabaya public relations office said in a statement here on Saturday.

Having a population of 3.3 million, Surabaya had faced serious waste problem several years ago, when the city’s landfill was closed by local inhabitants living near the landfill, she said.

The city in cooperation with local communities finally decided to carry our waste sorting that began at homes and selected waste could be sold at trash banks.

The Surabaya administration has established a total of 352 trash banks so far.

Besides, the city has also had 500 environmental facilitators and some 30 thousand environmental cadres to support the recycling program, among others.

Surabaya has also promoted eco-schools, eco-Islamic boarding schools, and eco-universities that encourage students to recycle waste, plant trees, and save energy in their respective environment.

The Fifth World Materials Forum themed “The Future of Materials: Let’s Make It Happen!”, was organized from June 12 to 14, 2019.

Source: Antara News

120 Malaysian students study poetry in Tanjungpinang

Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands (ANTARA) – A total of 120 students from Malaysia studied poetry and arts of Malay culture during a three-day training program, which was organized by the provincial Cultural Value Conservation Center and the local Culture and Tourism Office, in Tanjungpinang City, Riau Islands,on June 13-16, 2019.

“One of the poems studied is Gurindam 12. The poetry of goodness in life attracts the students,” Surjadi, the head of the Tanjungpinang Culture and Tourism Office, said in Tanjungpinang on Sunday,

Surjadi said that students who could show good achievements in the training were then engaged in performances they organized.

He explained that in this activity the Cultural Value Conservation Center and the local Culture and Tourism Office only facilitated it.

“We hold training, then students do performances and competitions at their own expense,” he said.

The inaugural event held in Tanjungpinang attracted the attention of students because of the similarity of culture and art originating from Riau Islands and Malaysia.

The historical fact, he said, shows that Malay culture was inherited from the Kingdom of Riau-Lingga-Pahang on Penyengat Island.

Therefore, he said, Malaysian students were invited to visit Penyengat Island, which is rich in Malay history. Some of them have never visited Penyengat Island.

On Penyengat Island, they also visited the yellow Sultan Mosque.

“This is a historic mosque that attracts the attention of students,” he said.

Surjadi said this activity was planned to be carried out every year involving the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Tourism, the Language Agency and the Cultural Value Conservation Center.

“We want the wealth of Malay culture in Tanjungpinang to be known to the world community. This activity also increases the number of foreign tourist visits,” he said.

Source: Antara News