A Green and Growing Relationship
Category: Issues & Ideas By : Shintya Felicitas Read : 514 Date : Friday, June 02, 2017 - 17:05:29




Ahmad Zamroni / Forbes Indonesia

Danish ambassador to Indonesia, ASEAN, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea Casper Klynge, 43, is a champion of clean and green energy. His country is a leading developer of clean energy technology and he sees Denmark ready and willing to help Indonesia adopt them. Last year, Danish firm Vestas Wind Systems helped make some of these goals a reality, when it began construction on the $150 million Jeneponto Wind Farm, which is expected to be completed next year.

The Ambassador notes that Indonesia has already prioritized renewable energy in 2014, when a new national energy policy setting a target to have 23% of Indonesia’s total energy output coming from renewable sources. As of this year, however, the figure still languishes at just 5%, with “dirty” sources like coal still contributing 70%.

Serving previously as Ambassador to Croatia, Casper also tries to promote a healthy lifestyle with his Viking Biking Community that encourages people to bike to work. The interview with Forbes Indonesia was held at the Danish embassy.

Forbes Indonesia: How do you see Indonesia and Denmark relationship?

Casper Klynge: I would say developing. Our diplomatic ties date back to 1950. We have a very strong and good relationship, but it’s not where I think it should be. We have enormous potential that hasn’t fully been reaped yet, and we want to boost our relationship with Indonesia.

FI: What are the core sectors of Denmark-Indonesia relationship?

CK: We have very broad partnership with Indonesia, but energy is the “Rolls-Royce” in our relationship and that’s also where we see very massive interest from Danish investors to get involved in Indonesia. Besides, renewable energy and clean technology are our best exports.

FI: Are there any specific projects going on?

CK: Our major investment is just taking place in South Sulawesi, with wind farms for which Danish turbines are going to be provided. There are two projects, Jeneponto and Sidrap wind farms, with respective capacity of 65 MW and 75 MW. So you will have Danish technology spinning in South Sulawesi in the not so distance future.

FI: How do you see the prospect of renewable energy in Indonesia?

CK: The potential is unquestionable. When we talk about geothermal, solar energy, hydropower, or wind, all of those natural resources are here in big quantities. When I see a minister or private sector companies, I very often hear that we have no wind in Indonesia, so we made a wind map that shows all the wind in Indonesia. The wind energy potential reaches 16 GW, and Indonesia has very good and constant wind that makes wind energy a promising source of energy.  

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