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What is Indonesiaʼs pathway to limit global warming to 1.5°C?

1.5°C aligned targets
Current targets

Power sector in 2030

Indonesia’s power system is heavily reliant on coal, with an emissions intensity of almost 760 gCO₂/kWh in 2019. Given the important role of power in decarbonisation, all analysed pathways consider that it needs to decarbonise rapidly. This requires a significant scale up of renewable power technologies, including solar and wind power, as well as dispatchable renewables, such as geothermal and hydro power. The share of all these renewable technologies together would need to reach 70-76% by 2030 and 99–100% by 2050, starting from 17% in 2019. Regional benchmarks indicate a share of renewables up to 84% by 2030 in South-East Asia.22 This stands in contrast with Indonesia’s long-term strategy to reach net zero by 2060, with a power mix from its long term Paris compatible scenario” (LCCP) of renewables (43%), coal (38%), natural gas (10%) and BECCS (8%).2

The most readily available technologies for decarbonisation at Indonesia’s disposal are renewables. A stronger push for renewables uptake can result in emissions intensity dropping to 110-160 gCO₂/kWh as early as 2030 and allow Indonesia to engage on a 1.5°C compatible pathway without having to rely on the use of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies such as DACCS or BECCS, that are expected to play a role in GHG mitigation of power sector.2 Indonesia’s power system regulation is slowly transforming but faster action is required to achieve these emissions reductions.

Towards a fully decarbonised power sector

The full decarbonisation of the power sector is achieved in 1.5°C compatible pathways from as early as 2035, by phasing out of coal by 2030, followed by gas by around 2035. In all analysed pathways, gas use peaks in 2030 and declines thereafter with complete phase-out reached in almost all analysed pathways by 2050. Oil is phased out between 2025 and 2040 in most pathways.

Indonesia aims to rely on CCS technologies coupled with fossil fuels, targeting in its long-term plan to equip 76% of the coal power plant with CCS. Given the proven emissions intensity of these non-yet available at scale and costly technologies, it would be a safer path to engage on fostering the development of renewable technologies in the country.2,30

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29 While global cost-effective pathways assessed by the IPCC Special Report 1.5°C provide useful guidance for an upper-limit of emissions trajectories for developed countries, they underestimate the feasible space for such countries to reach net zero earlier. The current generation of models tend to depend strongly on land-use sinks outside of currently developed countries and include fossil fuel use well beyond the time at which these could be phased out, compared to what is understood from bottom-up approaches. The scientific teams which provide these global pathways constantly improve the technologies represented in their models – and novel CDR technologies are now being included in new studies focused on deep mitigation scenarios meeting the Paris Agreement. A wide assessment database of these new scenarios is not yet available; thus, we rely on available scenarios which focus particularly on BECCS as a net-negative emission technology. Accordingly, we do not yet consider land-sector emissions (LULUCF) and other CDR approaches.

30 Fossil fuel with CCS in the power sector are very likely to emit at the very least a tenth of the average emissions compared with an installation without CCS and therefore cannot be considered a zero or low-carbon technology. Costs of CCS in the power sector have remained stagnant over the last decade. CCS technologies in the power sector also have a non-trivial sustainability footprint in terms of increased water use, higher fossil resource demands and consequential mining and production footprint, and in general do not address local air pollution concerns. The CCS technologies are also uncertain regarding security of storage over very long periods of time and the need for legal structure to allow it to happen.

Indonesiaʼs power mix

gigawatt

Scaling
Dimension
SSP1 Low CDR reliance
20192030204020501 000
SSP1 High CDR reliance
20192030204020501 000
Low Energy Demand
20192030204020501 000
High Energy Demand - Low CDR reliance
20192030204020501 000
  • Nuclear and/or fossil with CCS
  • Unabated fossil
  • Renewables incl. Biomass
  • Negative emissions technologies via BECCS

Indonesiaʼs power sector emissions and carbon intensity

MtCO₂/yr

Unit
−100−5005010015020025019902010203020502070
  • Historical emissions
  • Low Energy Demand
  • 100%RE
  • SSP1 Low CDR reliance
  • SSP1 High CDR reliance
  • High Energy Demand - Low CDR reliance

1.5°C compatible power sector benchmarks

Carbon intensity, renewable generation share, and fossil fuel generation share from illustrative 1.5°C pathways for Indonesia

Indicator
2019
2030
2040
2050
Decarbonised power sector by
Carbon intensity of power
gCO₂/kWh
760
110 to 160
−70 to 0
−40 to −10
2035 to 2040
Relative to reference year in %
−86 to −79%
−109 to −100%
−106 to −101%
Indicator
2019
2030
2040
2050
Year of phase-out
Share of unabated coal
Percent
59
0 to 16
0
0
2030
Share of unabated gas
Percent
21
9 to 10
0
0
2035 to 2037
Share of renewable energy
Percent
17
70 to 76
99 to 100
100
Share of unabated fossil fuel
Percent
83
24 to 30
0 to 1
0

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