Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources develops greenhouse gas mitigation guidelines for power sector

10 April 2020

USAID Indonesia Clean Energy Development II (ICED II) project is assisting the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) to develop guidelines for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation in power sector. ICED II is working with Directorate General of Electricity and Directorate General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation of the Ministry, as well as with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Market Transformation through Design and Implementation of Appropriate Mitigation Actions in Energy Sector (MTRE3).

Initially, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry requested all technical ministries to submit their GHG mitigation methodologies by late April 2020. However, the deadline was extended indefinitely due to COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the Directorate General of Electricity is committed to making progress on the guidelines and methodologies amid the pandemic situation that forces people to work from home.

On April 9, 2020, USAID ICED II hosted a virtual meeting with 20 people from the Directorate Generals and UNDP MTRE3 to discuss the draft guidelines developed by USAID ICED II and UNDP MTRE3, particularly on the GHG mitigation classification. It was not decided which GHG mitigation classification to use as the Environment Ministry issued two of them, one according to nationally determined contributions (NDC), and the other on measurement, reporting, verification (MRV).

The team agreed to meet every week to discuss the proposed methodologies. Four out of 16 methodologies have currently been reviewed and approved by the MEMR’s Directorate Generals. Regular virtual meetings are expected to help accelerate the review, pending ICED II closure later this year.