Around 50 people from government, business and academia joined the third iteration of the Australia-Indonesia Energy Transition Policy Dialogue on 27 October to discuss how the ASEAN and Australia relationship can foster regional energy transition collaboration.
The focus on ASEAN was a natural one given Indonesia has held the role of ASEAN Chair in 2023, and ASEAN and Australia will celebrate fifty years of dialogue relations in 2024.
Session 1 focused on reflecting on the year that was, and looking at achievements in ASEAN and Australia. This included the development of the ASEAN Long-Term Renewable Energy Roadmap introduced at the 41st ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting, progress to meeting targets of 35% renewable energy share of installed power capacity by 2025, and Australia’s new Southeast Asia Economic Strategy which prioritises green energy investment.
Participants met in Jakarta and online for the 3rd Dialogue
Session 2 discussed where future opportunities lie in ASEAN-Australia cooperation on energy transition. This included collaboration on preparing future workforces for the transition, working together to speed up grid integration and transmission expansion, and supporting the development of sector-specific NDC pathways.
Participants also noted that energy efficiency has often been overlooked in energy investment priorities to date, and that despite increasing attention on the issue there is still a need to unlock more blended and private sector financing.
The dialogue was held in hybrid format again to allow people to participate in person in Jakarta, and online everywhere else. This dialogue was the third of its kind, following previous meetings in March 2023 and December 2022, and is part of ongoing collaboration between CPD and Climateworks Centre.
This session followed on from a series of ASEAN-focused work over the course of the year, in partnership with Climateworks Centre, the Institute of Essential Services Reform (IESR), Indonesia Research Institute for Decarbonization (IRID), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Purnomo Yusgiantoro Centre.
We are hopeful to do more in-person convening in 2024, and will be in touch with participants soon about next steps. Anyone interested in learning more about the Dialogue or ways they can be involved is welcome to contact us.
The Centre for Policy Development (CPD) is pleased to partner with Climateworks Centre to convene the Australia-Indonesia Energy Transition Policy Dialogue as part of CPD’s Australia in the Indo Pacific Program; building on years of work in sustainable economies and dialogues in the region.
The is an informal meeting of senior officials, regulators, business and non-government experts from Australia, Indonesia and the region. It supports formal policy development processes through roundtables, research and analysis. It hold no official status and participants attend in a personal capacity.
In line with CPD’s custom, meetings are conducted under the Chatham House Rule and on an invitation-only basis to ensure those involved can participate candidly.
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