“There is sometimes a mind-set that looking after the environment is a trade-off for economic growth. However, if the world is looking for a sustained economic recovery post-covid, we need to keep a focus on socio-economic and environmental factors. I am fond of the quote that ‘the economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment’,” New Zealand Trade and Exports Growth Minister David Parker stated in his speech at the Digital Indonesia International Geothermal Convention (DIIGC) 2020 on Tuesday.
The coronavirus pandemic has placed extreme pressure on global communities, health care systems and economies. However, at the same time, it provides an opportunity for the world to align its climate policies and build a greener path forward.
While lower emissions were recorded during global lockdowns, officials and experts around the world agreed that it was not sustainable and that nations must work together moving forward. Low-carbon programmes, such as in the geothermal sector, will help stimulate economic growth and create jobs, which is one of the main concerns that need to be addressed in any economic recovery package.
“We have invested in Indonesia’s success and we want to help Indonesia realise its geothermal potential by building on our decades of cooperation in the sector. Indonesia is now the largest destination of New Zealand development assistance outside of the Pacific region," he said.
The DIIGC 2020 is hosted by the Indonesian Geothermal Association (INAGA) on Zoom platform on September 1-10. The event is held in place of the annual Indonesia International Geothermal Convention & Exhibition (IIGCE) 2020, which was postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic, to share the latest update in the geothermal sector.
Taking “The Future is Now: Committing Geothermal Energy for Indonesia’s Sustainable Development” as its theme, the DIIGC 2020 aims to provide a great opportunity for Indonesia’s geothermal key players to build relationship with potential partners, including New Zealand which is a yearly participant in the IIGCE since 2015.