Bali Advances Towards 2045 Net-Zero Emissions with Global Partnerships

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In a resolute bid to realize its ambitious target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2045, Bali, the enchanting Indonesian island, continues to fortify its plans and aligns with esteemed international entities like Bloomberg Philanthropies, ClimateWorks Foundation, Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR), New Energy Nexus Indonesia, ViriyaENB, and WRI Indonesia.

Collaborating with these influential organizations, the Provincial Government of Bali navigates through comprehensive discussions and assessments to gauge the progress and ascertain the viability of its strategic measures toward this transformative objective.

The Head of the Bali Provincial Transportation Agency, IGW Samsi Gunarta, was keen to elaborate on the fruitful deliberations that transpired in Denpasar on a momentous Friday. With key local government agencies, including the Department of Manpower and Energy, and the Regional Development Planning Agency, being granted the floor, the presentation showcased the strides made thus far in the journey to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045.

“The distinguished international organizations diligently observed the extent of our advancements towards the momentous net-zero emissions milestone set for 2045.

The incisive presentation by the Regional Development Planning Agency distinctly underscored our trajectory towards a low-carbon, net-zero emission development paradigm, identifying transformation and energy as pivotal domains,” Gunarta was quoted as saying by Antara news agency.

Amidst the progressive discourse, Dishub Bali (Bali Provincial Transportation Agency) also took center stage to present its meticulously crafted action plan, primarily focusing on electric battery-based motor vehicles—a visionary initiative that has garnered substantial momentum across the island.

Presently, the number of registered electric vehicles on the idyllic Island of the Gods has soared to approximately 3,000, surpassing the initial apprehensive forecasts and now resolutely pursuing the ambitious yet realistic moderate target.

To meet this moderate aspiration, IGW Samsi candidly acknowledged the need for concerted efforts, emphasizing the imperative to bolster infrastructure capacity and pave the way for the expansion of low-emission zones. A comprehensive blueprint, comprising the development of adequate parking facilities, the efficient management of traffic areas, and the meticulous implementation of pedestrian-oriented designs, is being curated to realize these goals.

In the august presence of esteemed representatives from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Head of Dishub Bali passionately elucidated that the successful implementation of novel electric vehicle zones was poised for an inaugural launch in Pura Besakih, fostering a shared hope to replicate and harmonize this laudable endeavor in other strategic locations throughout Bali.

With an unwavering commitment to the energy transition, Ida Bagus Setiawan, the Head of the Department of Manpower and Energy in Bali, took the floor to highlight the remarkable strides in clean energy adoption and unveil the promising blueprint for its future trajectory.

“As a testament to the government’s strategic vision, we are devising comprehensive scenarios, manifesting in the formulation of a meticulous road map meticulously charting Bali’s resolute journey towards a net-zero emissions destination. A notable success story emanates from Nusa Penida, serving as an exemplary pilot project for clean energy utilization—an accomplishment that holds the potential to reverberate across the mainland of Bali,” Setiawan elaborated.

Intriguingly, Bali stands blessed with bountiful solar energy potential, and the current utilization of rooftop solar power systems and solar farming has culminated in the commendable achievement of approximately 1.2 percent of the region’s total power generation capacity. Acknowledging this promising potential, Setiawan humbly acknowledged the arduous task of broad-scale implementation, urging the symbiotic collaboration between the central and local governments at both provincial and municipal levels to unleash Bali’s fullest clean energy potential.

In response to the government’s dynamic progress, Ailun Yang, the distinguished representative from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global energy transition program, extolled the commitment and innovative spirit of the Provincial Government of Bali in forging steadfast partnerships.

“Undoubtedly, we remain steadfast in our unwavering support for the collaborative endeavor alongside the Provincial Government of Bali and an esteemed coterie of development partners at both the local and international levels. Together, we fervently champion the collective aspiration of Bali’s momentous net-zero emissions target by 2045, thus propelling the sweeping transition towards a more sustainable and low-emission economy,” Yang expounded, affirming the profound global significance of Bali’s transformative journey.