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Bali Targets Net Zero By 2060 With Roll Out Of Electric Moped Initiative

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Bali Governor Wayan Koster has announced that Bali will be an ‘Emission Free Province’ by 2060. Koster and central government ministers launched two new programs this week focusing on the transition towards green energy.

There has been much speculation over the legitimacy of Indonesia’s green ambitions. Yet Governor Koster’s statements on Thursday clearly demonstrate his commitment to making renewable energy the primary power source on the Island of the Gods.

The first program focuses on the promises made in the 2019 Bali Clean Energy Bill, and the second focuses on using Battery-Based Electric Motorised vehicles. In Bali, as in many parts of South East Asia, the moped is the most common form of transport for local people. It has become something of a rite of passage for tourists to also rent a scooter to explore the island.

In 2019, Governor Koster signed a bill to introduce the widespread use of electric mopeds. He has also been vocal about his ambitions to introduce widespread use of electric cars across Bali. A fleet of Hyundai Genesis electric vehicles has already landed in Bali ahead of the G20 Summit in November. Governor Koster hopes this will be the start of the great energy transition.

On Thursday 1st, September, Governor Koster attended the Motorcycle Conversion of Fuel Parade and drove an electric moped during the event. Wearing a blue his-vs waistcoat and a beaming smile, Koster’s attendance at the event was well received.

Governor Koster was joined by PLN President Director Darmawan Prasodjo, Bali Police Chief Inspector General Pol Putu Jayan Danu Putra, Denpasar Deputy Mayor I Kadek Agus Arya Wibawa and Badung Secretary I Wayan Adi Arnawa. Having these decision-makers attend the launch event was another positive sign that the government is working to take the steps necessary to be an Emissions Free Province in the next 38 years.

The Bali Provincial Head of Transportation and Head of the Bali Tourism Office was also in attendance at the event. The Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Arifin Tasrif, spoke with reporters and explained the impact of changing from petrol-fuelled mopeds to electric powered mopeds on the environment and global emissions.

He said, ‘if we calculate 1 liter of fuel per motorcycle per day in Indonesia, [that means] we burn 800,000 barrels of oil. If the current oil price is 100 dollars, then every day we burn 80 million dollars or Rp 1.2 trillion of the money into smoke’. He continued to explain that the transition to renewables will also save citizens money in the long term.

In addition to financial savings and the reduction in emissions, there is a greater benefit that the government is focusing on. It is hoped that the transition to renewable energy will create tens of thousands of jobs across Indonesia, including in Bali.

Indonesia is keen to establish greater industry infrastructure to support not only for the country but the continent and the wider world. Ahead of the G20 Summit, Indonesia is looking to demonstrate that they are on target with policies and promises, especially when it comes to sustainable energy.

Speaking at the Electric Moped Parade, Governor Koster said he is giving his full support to policies and programs working to support the transition to renewables. He explained how he will be working to intensify efforts in 2023 and beyond. During his statement, he shared how he hoped that young people would adopt the use of electric mopeds as their first vehicles.

He showed how they will become cheaper to buy and maintain than motorbikes and that they do not pollute the island. Governor Koster confirmed that his government will hold further parades and conventions to increase awareness of the sustainable energy transition among both local people and tourists.

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Wayan Bo

Monday 5th of September 2022

Anyway, hydrocarbon seems to be fuel for future.

Neil gill

Saturday 3rd of September 2022

Is this in line with the statement some year and a half ago about Bali having flying taxi's when some politician woke up after having a dream do any of these statements have a guarantee to go with them or is there an election coming along like the North Bali Airport. That was going to happen on this government's watch..... Gone again

Shorty

Saturday 3rd of September 2022

PS. Unless you can get the federal RI government to go along with it it's pointless. Pertamina is owned by the RI Government. Do you seriously think they'll easily give up the sales of existing fossil fuels

Shorty

Saturday 3rd of September 2022

Great targets and ambitions, but can we have some reality? The electric grid struggles with existing demand. Electric vehicles need power stations or home connections of at least 5Kw. Range on cars is reasonable enough for most people, but on existing bikes and scooters it's low probably needing daily or every second day recharging. If Governor Koster and the Provincial Government are serious, they have to have a concomitant plan to upgrade the listrik generation and grid, provide at an acceptable cost the household connection needed, and have plans for readily available recharge stations. Currently electric and hybrid vehicles come at a premium cost. How do they propose to overcome or compensate for this? The average consumption of small electric cars is around 10 kwh per 100km. I'm current paying Rp200,000 for 10,990 kwh on a 5kwh connection. That's the same as 12+ litres of Pertalite. You'll get far more than 100k.

Exp

Saturday 3rd of September 2022

Net zero by 2060 is not very ambitious. Almost 40 years into the future!

I support use of EV's as I'm tired about motor knalpot bronk with insane loud exhausts and pollution!

But how is net zero going to be achieved? If the electricity to power EV's still comes from fossil fuel there is no net zero!

Bali power generation is based on fossil fuel (mainly diesel!). I'm only aware of a rather small 1MW solar power plant in Kubu.

Tim

Sunday 4th of September 2022

@Exp, Net Zero does not mean no CO2 emission. It's calculated by subtracting the amount you have reduced from the amount of CO2 you produce. It should equal to Zero. I know it doesn't seem concrete and the numbers can be manipulated, but that's the way it is calculated internationally. There are a lot of factors missing in the equation too.