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Need For Synergistic Partnerships To Respond To The Future Energy Challenges

Synergic role and partnership of all stakeholders in Indonesia will greatly determine how the future energy challenge will be answered.

Synergic role and partnership of all stakeholders in Indonesia will greatly determine how the future energy challenge will be answered. This is  the outline of the discussion on "Future Energy Challenge " organised by Shell Indonesia in cooperation with the Magister Program of Petroleum Engineering, Geology and Energy Faculty, Trisakti University in Jakarta, Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

“Three aspects that will always become the main criteria for countries in the world in formulating and implementing its policy on energy in the future is the guarantee of availability and reliability of supply for the long term, affordable based on techno-economic aspect and minimum environmental impact, "said Pri Agung Rakhmanto in his speech as the chief organiser of the seminar.

In the next four decades in 2050, the world demand for energy by the International Energy Agency (International Energy Agency, IEA) is estimated to reach almost 400 million barrels of oil per day, or about double the current world’s demand  for energy.

This significant demand in the future will be mainly driven by continuous growth in the world population - currently between 6.5 billion to 9 billion - and continuous economic growth in countries around the world.

In general, the speakers at the seminar assess that the greatest challenges in meeting the rising world’s demand for energy is how the countries in the world – amid the volatility of world economic cycles with many uncertainties – must be able to create conditions allowing massive and continuous investment in energy. In the context of inter-nations life globally, the risingof world energy demand  and demand to respond to climate change are the two main dimensions of the challenges of the future world energy.

Towards “Smarter Mobility”

Meanwhile one of the speakers at the seminar, the Vice-President Director of Shell Indonesia Wally Saleh, addressed that the energy industry must be able to initiate ideas to provide solutions in responding to future energy challenge. He explained that the number of cars passing by on the street is predicted to triple by 2050. Various sorts of fuels and technologies will be needed to meet growing demand in the mobility field, while there is pressure to reduce CO2 emissions. This will be influenced by the government policy, technology advancement, cost and environmental factors.

“One of Shell’s initiatives is by organising the Shell Eco-marathon program aimed at triggering the creativity of the students to think innovatively in building energy-efficient vehicles using various fuel options, both conventional and alternative, "added Wally. Shell Eco-marathon program (SEM) has been conducted in three continents, namely Europe (since 1985), U.S.A (since 2007) and since last year in Asia. SEM event in Asia 2011 will be held at Sepang international circuit, Malaysia in July in whichIndonesia will send 10 energy-efficient vehicles made by University of Indonesia (UI), Institute Technology Bandung (ITB), University of Gadjah Mada (UGM), Institute Technology of Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) and State Polytechnic Pontianak(Polnep).

He added that SEM is an innovative example of "Smarter Mobility" aimed at assisting the increasing mobility of goods and people in an efficient way. This 'Smarter Mobility' Program includes the development of fuel efficiency, lower carbon alternatives investment; providing the drivers tips to save fuel; building technical partnerships, and assisting to reduce CO2 emissions.

The member of National Board for Energy, Widjajono Partowidagdo, emphasised the importance to optimise the energy sources utilisation, especially for new and renewable energy in Indonesia.” Subsidy to Oil Fuel price is inappropriate due to limited availability of our oil. Subsidy in terms of incentive to development of new and renewable energy such as gas, biofuel, solar and hydro energy are more required in responding to Indonesia’s future energy challenge”, he said.

Relating to the policy on energy, the Director of Oil Engineering Magister Program of Trisakti University, Rachmat Sudibjo, underlined the importance of strong government determination and consistency in performing the policy on energy diversification as the key factor. “The policy on energy diversification must also be contained in the workable program”, he said.

For more information, please contact:

Sri Wahyu Endah
Media Relations Manager
PT Shell Indonesia
Phone: +62 21 7592 4700
Fax: +62 21 7592 4679
www.shell.com/indonesia

Pri Agung Rakhmanto Ph.D.
Chairman of Seminar Organiser
“Future Energy Challenge”
Phone : +62812 8111 3006