An International workshop, “Partnership for Solutions: Priorities and Pathways for Sustainable Energy and Deep Decarbonization” was held Nov 26-27 in Jakarta. Organized by SDSN Southeast Asia’s United in Diversity Forum and SDSN Indonesia’s Research Center on Climate Change of the University of Indonesia, workshop partners included Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Government of Indonesia, SDSN Australia Pacific and Monash University, Carbon War Room, the Australia-Indonesia Centre and the Harold Mitchell Foundation.

The invitation-only workshop brought together leaders and experts from academia, government, business and civil society to discuss Indonesia’s future energy needs, to identify how they can be met while decarbonizing the energy system to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance sustainable development, and to develop concrete plans for collaborative solutions initiatives.

Working group discussions dominated the event, with participants actively engaged in cross-sectoral discussions to identify challenges and investigate new initiatives to solve Indonesia’s energy issues in a sustainable manner.

In her welcoming address, H.E Siti Nurbaya, Indonesia’s Minister of Environment and Forests, said that the Ministry was proud to partner with SDSN, UID and other organizations to make the workshop a success. “This workshop aims to explore the solutions that would support a cleaner and more sustainable energy with existing technology already successfully applied both within Indonesia and internationally.” Welcoming experts and solutions providers from the ASEAN region, Australia, as well as China, America and Europe, she noted that Indonesia had led the way at the last APEC meeting in its commitment to deep decarbonization and to reduce its CO2 emissions as part of a global effort to stay within the internationally agreed target of 2oC. She reiterated that Indonesia is committed to reducing GHG emissions by 26% relative to the Business-As-Usual level by 2020.

Other speakers at the workshop included high ranking officials from various ministries (such as Finance, Energy and Mineral Resources, Transportation, Research and Technology), utility companies, scientists and solutions providers from Australia and Southeast Asia, the World-Bank Group, and international CEOs and NGO leaders. Regional government representation included the Governor of Jakarta and other regional mayors.

A number of pledges were declared by the participants to work together on issues facing Indonesia’s energy, transportation, and tourism industries. To view details of these remarkable and tangible results, please visit www.unitedindiversity.org.

Another highlight of the workshop was the UID-SDSN Indonesia 2.0 Solution Initiatives Award Ceremony and Dinner. The purpose of the award is to provide support to innovations that address the challenges of sustainable development in Indonesia so that they can be scaled up. The award has a cash prize of IDR 300 million, and the winners receive assistance from UID to replicate or scale up efforts.

The award this year went to The Learning Farm for its inspiring work on “Planting the seeds of change: Organic farming skills to empower disenfranchised Indonesian youth”. The Learning Farm aims to develop Indonesian vulnerable youth to become economically self-sufficient and productive members of communities.

Receiving positive feedback from participants, the workshop organizers have decided to hold another one in 2015.