July 01, 2021

Kick-off Meeting The Indonesia-UK PACT Programme: Speeding up Electric Buses & Motorcycle

One of the measures to tackle air pollution and emission in Jakarta is through electric transport. It is more efficient and over time is also much cheaper to run.

Targeting 10,000 electric buses by 2030 

ITDP Indonesia estimates that achieving 100% fleet electrification by 2030 will reduce Transjakarta’s GHG emissions by 925,757 metric tons CO2 equivalent, which will directly support Indonesia’s NDC ambition to reduce GHG 29% for business as usual by 2030, including from transport.

Jakarta has signaled its intention to be a leader in e-bus deployment. Technical implementation plans to accomplish this at scale are needed. Under the first project, “Building the Capacity and Action Plan to Scale-Up Transjakarta E-bus”, ITDP and UK PACT will work with the Jakarta Government and Transjakarta in developing the action plans Jakarta needs to achieve its goal. The project will include; a large-scale electric bus transition roadmap, technology specification recommendations for the fleet and charging infrastructure, green procurement plan, as well as supporting policy recommendations – all in order to achieve Transjakarta’s ambitious target of deploying 10,000 electric buses by 2030.

Shifting to Electric Two-Wheelers for Cleaner Jakarta

The transport sector has a large contribution to Jakarta’s air pollution and emission. Currently, the dominating transport mode in Jakarta is motorcycles, which as of 2016 there are 13.3 million units circulating. A shift to cleaner fuel options is urgently needed for motorcycles. However, the e-motorcycle uptake in Indonesia is still lagging far behind the national target of 2.1 million e-motorcycles by 2025. Based on global lessons learned, prioritizing public and commercial fleets, such as taxis or shared fleets, is one of the strategic approaches which could be taken to kickstart electrification adoption. 

The transport sector has a large contribution to Jakarta’s air pollution and emission. Currently, the dominating transport mode in Jakarta is motorcycles, with 13.3 million units circulating as of 2016.

Motorcycle ride-hailing fleets provide a huge opportunity here, as transitioning vehicles that have longer continuous use to electric – can have a much bigger impact, more quickly than transitioning private vehicles. Working with ride-hailing fleets will also help the wider public trust the reliability of e-motorcycles, and provide a stronger incentive for the creation of charging infrastructure, in turn benefiting the whole e-mobility ecosystem. The project will develop a comprehensive road map and timetable for electrifying ride-hailing motorcycles in Jakarta, in collaboration with ride-hailing companies and the Jakarta Transport Agency.

Benefits beyond Jakarta

Through a collaborative working approach and knowledge-sharing events, the project aims to build the capacity of the public and private sector stakeholders in bus and two-wheeler electrification in Jakarta. It is hoped Jakarta can then help other cities in Indonesia. This project will be documented in a toolkit on electric bus and vehicle adoption, which will be shared through city-level workshops for public officials and local transit providers in other cities, to lower the barriers of electric vehicle adoption nationwide.

In collaboration with the British Embassy, a kick-off meeting for the UK PACT programme in Indonesia was conducted on 9 March 2021 at 9 am – 11 am Western Indonesian Time (WIB). In general, the meeting aimed to initiate engagement with the high-level stakeholders involved in the electric vehicle ecosystem in Jakarta, lay the projects’ foundation by setting a common understanding of the projects’ scopes and goals and encourage future collaborations from the stakeholders. The kick-off meeting also aimed to mainstream gender, economic and social inclusion (GESI) concerns in the projects’ activities, by bringing together the policymakers and private sector counterparts to discuss GESI issues in the e-mobility sector. 

“I cannot wait to ride electric vehicles in Jakarta, and am excited about seeing it become the norm. Electrification of transport here will have dramatic positive effects – bring costs down to consumers, while making the air cleaner and our cities more livable. 

It is commendable that DKI Jakarta wants to lead the way – and become an international example – participating in the global effort to deliver clean economic development. The UK government is proud to support DKI Jakarta’s ambitions. Many opportunities will be unlocked for DKI Jakarta and its business sector through pioneering this technology as an e-mobility early adopter in Indonesia, setting the example for others.” – Owen Jenkins, British Ambassador for Indonesia and Timor Leste

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