JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has encouraged Indonesia to accelerate the realization of investments in the new and renewable energy sector. The use of clean energy is expected to reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions that are already too high in the Indonesia.
"UNDP also focuses on renewable energy and clean energy which are expected to reduce emissions and make the earth cooler," said UNDP representative in Indonesia Boyke Octavian Lakaseru in Jakarta.
Boyke said around 2,500 villages in Indonesia are still not connected to electricity. The classic thing is a challenge for the expansion of electrification for people in disadvantaged, remote, and outermost areas, including the large costs and aspects of the business that are considered unprofitable. This makes the construction of electricity infrastructure in disadvantaged areas rarely seen by investors.
On the other hand, the government budget is limited to being able to build electricity infrastructure for all Indonesian people to remote areas. Therefore, the government needs to embrace other parties as partners, and even collaborate with various parties including philanthropic institutions.
Boyke said, the majority of the eastern part of Indonesia experienced a shortage of electricity infrastructure such as Papua, Maluku, East Nusa Tenggara and West Sulawesi.
"We encourage clean energy available that can be accessed at affordable prices for the community," he said.
However, he also admitted, when electricity enters an area, the problem that then arises is the people's purchasing power.
"For this reason, residents who cannot afford it should be a concern. This needs to be approached by various parties, both those who have the authority, who have the funds, and the people," he said.