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Government aims to phase out sales of fossil fuel vehicles to nullify fuel consumption

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta The Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investments, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, in a post on social media on September 12, revealed his intentions to reduce the number of vehicles dependent on fossil fuels. One of the strategies, he added in his Instagram post, is to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in Indonesia.

Luhut explained that the government will issue regulations that limit the sales of fossil fuel vehicles in hopes of accelerating transport electrification in Indonesia.

“I would also intend to see future regulations relevant in their application, as the accelerated EV program is the nation’s commitment to reduce [fuel] subsidies and surely reduce carbon emissions through the transition to environmentally friendly energy,” he wrote in his personal account on Monday.

Transitioning to electrification, Luhut argued, can reduce reliance on subsidized fuel use and also reduce CO2 emissions which are expected to decline by 40 million tonnes by 2030. Luhut also said that currently , the barrier to electrification in Indonesia is the high cost of purchase. electric vehicles and limited options.

“For this reason, the government is currently developing a plethora of policies regarding the provision of incentives for two- and four-wheel electric vehicles,” he wrote.

The Indonesian government is considering phasing out all sales of fossil fuels vehicles by 2040 and halting sales of motorcycles, cars and gasoline-powered diesel vehicles from 2050, all of which are mentioned in the Net Zero Emissions (NZE) Roadmap 2021-2060.

Dicky Kurniawan

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