Indonesia’s Energy Transition and Climate Governance Reform


About the Webinar

Indonesia’s dependence on fossil fuels has become a significant challenge for its transition towards renewable energy. Moving towards sustainability, the government has initiated various strategies to reform the country’s energy sector and climate governance. The government introduced budget tagging and allocated 3.9% of the national budget to tackle the climate crisis in the last five years. Moreover, climate change has been included in the Medium-Term National Development Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024. In August, the country has updated their existing nationally determined climate goals to the United Nations and has demonstrated optimism in reaching a net-zero emissions target by 2060 or sooner. In the energy sector, the government has planned to remove the use of coal, oil and gas by 2060 and replace them with renewable sources, including nuclear energy, for at least 85% of its energy needs. To meet its climate target of reducing 29% carbon emissions by 2030, Indonesia will need an investment of at least USD265 billion, approximately a quarter of its 2020 GDP. Yet, to achieve the government’s vision towards clean energy and sustainability, massive challenges need to be addressed, including overcoming energy poverty and inequality among the population and addressing the lack of sustainable finance for climate change initiatives.

This webinar will bring together an Indonesian policymaker and scholar to discuss climate governance reform and assess the progress of the energy transition in the country. It will look at the extent to which the current climate governance is adaptive to the climate crisis. The speakers will also shed light on the area of the energy transition, especially on the impacts of these energy policies on the people as well as on small ground-up initiatives on renewable energy.

About the Speakers

Masyita Crystallin is currently serving as a Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance Republic of Indonesia on Macroeconomic and Fiscal Policy. She is the Sherpa for the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action. Prior to joining the ministry, Dr Masyita Crystallin served as the Chief Economist for DBS Indonesia, leading macroeconomics, fiscal, and market analysis. She also acted and served as a Macroeconomist at the Macro-Fiscal Management team at the World Bank and was part of the core economist team supporting Indonesia’s Fiscal Policy Agency. She also carried out many duties within the government, such as being the macroeconomic policy special advisor to the Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs as well as being part of the National Team for the Enhancement of Exports and Investment.

Abidah B. Setyowati is currently working as a senior research fellow at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft. She is also a visiting fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance, College of Asia-Pacific at the Australian National University. Being an interdisciplinary social scientist, her research focuses broadly on energy governance, climate finance, natural resources and climate governance, nature-based climate solutions (e.g. REDD+, PES), and gender with a regional focus in Southeast Asia. Dr Abidah B. Setyowati also participated in many research works and have taken up programme management as well as policy advisory roles for various international and multilateral agencies.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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If you have questions for the speakers, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speakers during the Q&A session.


Sep 20 2021


10:00 am - 11:30 am