The world simply can't afford more having a high carbon fuel primarily coal if we still want to have a habitable world by the end of our life (around 2050s). Coal is the worst carbon pollutant that has been widely used today. In fact, they are not only used but promoted through many ways that make both producers, electricity generators and consumers use more coal as energy source.

 

To keep us having a habitable earth when we are old, it is important for all countries to erase all kinds of subsidy and incentive for using coal. All countries must start their transition from coal based energy to low carbon choice. 

 

Political will needs to be translated into political commitment and political commitment needs to be translated into political decisions and political decisions have to be followed by implementations. Clearly in this subsidy game, there will be winners and losers. Those in power will get hurt and they need to be ready for that. As we know they rather avoid any unpopular policies to be reelected. But if they still humane enough to fight for a good life for all of us who still live on Earth after 2050, they need to be ready to do an expected energy transformation.

 

As part of promoting this energy transformation, I am working with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), which leads the Global Subsidy Initiative (GSI). I resume a work on coal subsidies and identify relevant policies that incentivise power producers and promote the extraction and the use of coal in Indonesia. It is my pleasure to work with the team members, Lasse Toft Christensen and Richard Bridle and Lucky Lontoh to prepare a policy paper on the coal subsidies in Indonesia drawing from their earlier work such as Subsidies to Coal and Renewables in China. We hope to launch our paper on Subsidies to Coal in Indonesia by the end of January 2017. The team wishes that the paper can feed into a G20 peer review process on fossil fuel subsidies that is due by mid 2017.