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Biomass offers Indonesia a way out of its net-zero emissions dilemma

Carbon neutral fuel can help offset set overreliance on coal

Indonesia faces an enormous challenge to ensure affordable electricity generation continues to power economic development, while simultaneously reducing its carbon emissions to achieve its unconditional 29% emissions reduction target by 2030 under the Paris Agreement.

There is no simple answer to reconcile these two competing objectives, but a cost-effective interim solution may be co-firing coal with biomass feedstock. One of the world's largest coal producers and exporters, coal accounts for around 60% of Indonesia's power generation capacity, with its low cost guaranteeing that it will remain the country's preferred fuel choice to meet ever-increasing power demand, as well as creating barriers to entry for renewable energy developments.

 

Winifred Lu (White & Case, Graduate, Melbourne) co-authored this publication.

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