Jakarta, June 3, 2013 – A recent survey commissioned by Shell Indonesia revealed that 4 out of 5 Indonesians are as concerned about future energy needs as with health services (89%)#, education systems (89%)# and employment (85%)#. Almost all respondents said carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions need to be reduced.

The research, called the “Future Energy Survey,” sought to assess Indonesians’ views on the future of energy. A face-to-face survey was conducted in March while an online survey was conducted during the week of Earth Day on April 22, 2013.

According to the United Nations and Shell Scenarios**, it is estimated that by 2030, the world will need 40–50% more energy, water and food to keep up with rising demand and increased population growth. This could place significant stresses on these vital resources, as energy is used to move and treat water; water is required to produce energy; and both energy and water are required in the production of food.

These stresses underscore a complex relationship and the survey showed that many Indonesians are increasingly aware of the inter-dependence of food-water-energy. At least 8 out of 10 Indonesians surveyed see higher energy prices; food, water and energy shortages; and higher unemployment as having the greatest impact on Indonesia in the future.

As Indonesia’s economy develops, energy will be needed to fuel the growth,” said Darwin Silalahi, Shell Indonesia’s President Director. “In developing our energy resources we have to strike a balance to help ensure

energy stability and sustainability. It is crucial that we look ahead so that we can better prepare for our collective energy future”, he added.

The survey also revealed that Indonesian respondents favour a variety of energy sources to address their future energy needs. Solar energy is the most desired energy source in the future (46%)^, followed closely by

natural gas (43%)^, a cleaner-burning fossil fuel and ally to renewable energy sources. When asked who is responsible for finding energy solutions, 1 out of 2 Indonesian respondents said collaboration is the key, with government (69%)^ playing the biggest role, followed by the general public (65%)^. The netizens also think that the government plays the biggest role(42%)^, followed by the industry (39%)^.

Darwin Silalahi added, “It’s crucial that we build partnerships that will help meet the world’s rising energy needs and safeguard the environment for future generations. Industry, government and society – together, we

can create a better energy future that uses cleaner fuels and improve efficiency.”

Survey Highlights

Face-to-face survey

  • 4 in 5# rate future energy needs as important. The top issues include health system (89%)#, education system (89%)#, and employment (85%)#.
  • 98%* consider reducing CO2 emissions important.
  • Higher energy prices (84%)#; energy (83%)#, food (86%)# and water shortages (85%)#; and higher unemployment are seen as having the greatest impact on Indonesia in the future.
  • Solar energy (46%)^, natural gas (43%)^, hydro energy (36%)^ are among the most preferred future energy sources.
  • 52% believe collaboration is the most important factor in building future energy solutions, followed by effective government policy (22%) and innovation (14%).

Online Survey

  • 9 in 10# rate future energy needs as important.
  • A total of 93%* consider reducing CO2 emissions important.
  • Solar energy (43%)^ and hydro energy (29%) are the most preferred future energy sources.
  • An overwhelming majority (98%) are willing to pay more for cleaner power/electricity generation.
  • 42% think that Government plays the biggest role in creating a better energy future, followed by Industry (39)%^.


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About the Survey

Shell commissioned Ipsos to produce the “Future Energy Survey” in Indonesia to assess Indonesian respondents’ views on the future of energy. A total of 1017 participants took part in the face to face survey in March 2013. The same survey was posted online and 2160 Indonesians participated during the week of Earth Day, which happened on April 22, 2013.

About the Research Statistics

# This percentage refers to an individual category rating of 8 or above out of 10 on importance.

^ This question was asked as a multiple response question, and accordingly responses will not total 100%.

About Shell Scenarios

Shell Scenarios ask “what if?” questions to explore alternative views of the future and create plausible stories around them. They consider long-term trends in economics, energy supply and demand, geopolitical shifts and social change, as well as the motivating factors that drive change. In doing so, they help build visions of the future. Shell’s latest New Lens Scenarios were published in 2013. For more information: www.shell.com/scenarios

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