TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Energy and Minister of Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif said that Indonesia will host the World Hydropower Congress (WHC) 2023 in Bali next October.
“This congress is a flagship activity for politicians inside and outside the Water power Industry to support energy security and achieve net-zero emissions worldwide,” he said on the sidelines of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Saturday local time.
As quoted from his official statement, Tasrif said that the Congress will generate high-level policy statements, recommendations and commitments that will affect the sustainable growth of hydropower worldwide.
He explained that WHC will discuss the efforts for renewable energy and the development of future industries through hydropower plants (PLTA), the handling of environmental and social issues, as well as the strengthening of climate resilience to drought and Addressing flooding.
“The outcome of this congress will be brought to the next conference of parties (COP),” he added.
Hosting the event will not only promote Indonesia’s profile name at the international level, but also promote the development of sustainable PLTA for investors.
The minister assessed that the congress is also an effort to convey the commitment of the Indonesian government to net-zero emissions and to position Indonesia as a leader in promoting sustainable PLTA for the phase-out of coal.
“This event is targeted to be attended by heads of state, CEOs, investors, civil society leaders, international financial institutions and global media from 100 countries,” he said.
On the same occasion, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) Eddie Rich revealed that IHA has set Indonesia as a top priority to host the congress because the country has shown strong leadership and commitment to a sustainable energy transition.
“Including plans to use the great potential of Water power and other renewable energies to boost its economic development,” he added.
WHC is an event of IHA every two years. This year’s WHC will be held in Nusa Dua, Bali, from October 31 to November 2, 2023, with the theme Powering Sustainable Growth.
Eight countries have hosted the congress so far: Turkey (2007), Iceland (2009), Brazil (2011), Malaysia (2013), China (2015), Ethiopia (2017), France (2019), and Costa Rica (2021) .
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