Berkeley Lab Hosts Weeklong Training on Industrial Decarbonization for Indonesian Stakeholders

April 9, 2024

In a significant step towards accelerating industrial decarbonization in Indonesia, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) hosted a weeklong training for Indonesian policymakers, industry leaders, and experts from March 25 to 29. The training, organized in collaboration with the Institute for Essential Service Reforms (IESR) of Indonesia, aimed to transfer knowledge and build capacity to enable Indonesia to meet its climate targets through rapid industrial decarbonization.

During the training, participants engaged in interactive sessions and roundtable discussions with leading experts from organizations including Berkeley Lab, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Net Zero World Initiative, and Energy Innovation. The training covered a wide range of topics, including decarbonization roadmaps for cement, pulp and paper, iron and steel, fertilizer, and textile sectors; energy efficiency and low-carbon technologies; policy tools; and strategies for small and medium enterprises. The delegation comprised critical stakeholders from the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of National Development Planning, and Just Energy Transition Partnership Secretariat, as well as nongovernmental organization experts.

Participants in the industrial decarbonization training hear a presentation at Berkeley Lab's FLEXLAB testbed facility.

The training is part of a larger collaboration between Berkeley Lab and IESR, which began in 2022 with support from the ClimateWorks Foundation. The partnership focuses on developing comprehensive roadmaps and landscape analyses to reduce emissions in priority sectors that are responsible for 70% of Indonesia's industrial emissions. The results of the collaboration demonstrate that it is technically feasible to mitigate 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from today's level and achieve near-zero emissions in Indonesia’s industrial sectors by 2060, to help Indonesia achieve their enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement.

Moreover, a multidimensional policy approach could support decarbonizing Indonesia's industrial sector. This approach could include setting clear and credible emission targets for each industrial sector, creating a policy framework that incentivizes the shift to cleaner fuels and energy-efficient technologies, fostering a market for sustainably produced materials, and investing in research, development, innovation, and demonstration projects.

Equally important is ensuring that the workforce is equipped with the skills, knowledge, and capabilities needed to support the transition to a low-carbon industrial sector. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to transfer knowledge and build further capacity to drive deep decarbonization across Indonesian industry. More information about the event is available here. The main technical report is also published at: