This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Indonesia Country Manager Ruby Orim
Currently, none of Indonesia’s power is generated through nuclear energy as the country does not have any nuclear power plants. Nuclear power expansion is not a primary focus in Indonesia as the country’s geography grants access to many other forms of renewable energy. Indonesia’s government and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry currently have no conclusive plans for the implementation of nuclear energy. However, extensive research on nuclear energy using three nuclear research reactors is being conducted in Indonesia to explore the idea.
Currently, appropriate safety standards are still being researched and established as there is little to no use of nuclear energy in Indonesia. Indonesia has hardly ever used/handled nuclear energy in the past. The government has set up research facilities and two organizations, one for radioactive waste management (CRWT-BATAN) and one for regulation (BAPETAN). They aim to establish methods and guidelines for the implementation of nuclear energy that fits Indonesia’s needs.