Jakarta Convention Center Indonesia
19-23 September 2016


Luhut Binsar Panjaitan

Acting Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On this very happy occasion, I would like to thank the Indonesia Renewable Energy Society and World Renewable Energy Network, who are hosting the “15th World Renewable Energy Congress” (15th WREC) 2016 in Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta, Indonesia on 19 - 23 September 2016, with the theme “Sustainable Energy for All and All for Sustainable Energy”. This 15th WREC is conducted in conjunction with “The 5th Indonesia Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Summit” (5th IRES), also known as IndoEBTKE ConEx. I see this is as part of our national efforts in supporting the development of the new and renewable energy and the energy conservation.
Indonesia has huge potential of renewable energy resources, such as geothermal, solar, hydro, wind, and biofuel. Determination of Indonesia as the host of The 15th World Renewable Energy Congress, is the right choice, not only because of endowed with an abundance of renewable energy resources, but also because Indonesia also has set a target of reducing 29% of GHG by 2030, as already announced by the President of the Republic Indonesia during COP21 in Paris in December 2015.  On the other hand, Government of Indonesia (GoI) has introduced the National Energy Policy, which targets the contribution of renewable energy amounting to 23% in the total energy mix by 2025. This target shows continuous commitment and consistency of GoI in meeting the global GHG emission reduction target. In this regards, GoI is planning to significantly increase investments in the energy resources development, among others $38 billion in the renewable energy sector. We welcome domestic and international investors to take part in this development.

I hope the 15th WREC and the 5th IRES will provides a forum and opportunity for all stakeholders in the renewable energy sector to meet and discuss various technologies, strategic and important issues, which at the end will help in the massive deployment of renewable energy and energy conservation efforts in the region. I also hope this event will produce new or improved thoughts and breakthrough in our overall efforts to make new and renewable energy development a great success. In my point of view, this is one of the important agenda to be addressed in the framework of our national energy management during 2016.

I sincerely appreciate and support the contribution of the energy industries to make this event a great success. I congratulate METI, WREN and the Organizing Committee, and all other parties involved in organizing this great event.

Finally, I would like to say welcome to Jakarta – Indonesia for the congress delegate from various countries, please enjoy your stay in Jakarta – Indonesia.

Sincerely yours,

Luhut Binsar Panjaitan