In collaboration with Toyota, the UGM Faculty of Engineering organized a national seminar to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indonesian automotive industry, theming “Socio-Economic Challenges and Digital Transformation in the Development of Alternative Energy in the Transportation Sector Towards Net-Zero Emission 2060 in Indonesia.”
As part of UGM’s anniversary activities, this seminar featured speakers from the triple helix: government, academia, and industry.
The goal was to provide a clear overview and solid recommendations for developing the hydrogen ecosystem in Indonesia, focusing on two crucial aspects: safety processes and the economy.
The keynote speaker for this national seminar was Theodore Sutarto, Acting Deputy for the Coordination of Digital Economy, Manpower, and MSMEs at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs.
The event continued with presentations from six speakers: Andriah Feby Misna from the Ministry of Energy, Professor Eniya Listiani Dewi from the National Research and Innovation Agency, and Professor Deendarlianto from the UGM Center for Energy Studies, along with Oki Muraza from Pertamina.
Additionally, Dr. Indra Chandra from TDEM and Dr. Amirullah Setya Hardi from the UGM Faculty of Economics and Business spoke at the seminar.
The event summarized the results of a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) conducted earlier by the triple helix (government, academia, and industry) on October 10, 2023.
All findings related to the hydrogen ecosystem from upstream to downstream in the transportation sector were presented to the broader public.
Hydrogen holds great potential for the future, but Indonesia has no precise regulations. Therefore, this activity aims to stimulate the formation of rules and strategies related to hydrogen utilization in Indonesia.
Syahirul Alim Ritonga, a UGM Faculty of Engineering lecturer, hopes the event can foster a shared understanding among the government, academia, and industry regarding hydrogen development in Indonesia.
“We hope it can accelerate the creation of a hydrogen roadmap in Indonesia, and the industry can play a leading role in commercializing and utilizing hydrogen effectively. The market will receive input related to academic studies and government plans in general,” he expressed.
Muhammad Aulia Rahman, another UGM Faculty of Engineering lecturer, hopes that activities involving the government, academia, industry, and media can fulfill their respective roles and responsibilities.
“The government creates regulations, the industry develops technology, academia conducts research, and the media disseminates the results. This can be the starting point as a stepping stone for us to develop hydrogen in the future in line with Indonesia’s net-zero emission goals,” he concluded.