EKONID holds fact-finding mission on energy efficiency and renewable energies in Germany
According to recent estimations, some 80% of all existing buildings in Indonesia are not energy efficient. Hence, energy demand has been increasing at rates above the annual economic rates. On the other hand, Germany is ranked no.1 in terms of energy efficiency, with the country aiming towards a 20% reduction in primary energy consumption by 2020 and 50% by 2050. In terms of renewable energy, Germany has been able to cover 32% of the country’s electricity consumption as per 2016.
With the objective of understanding the importance of the right regulatory environment to promote the application of energy efficiency measures, as well as to share ideas and experiences in the implementation of energy efficiency measures, EKONID, together with 10 energy efficiency practitioners from Indonesia went to Berlin for a fact-finding mission of “Energy efficiency and renewable energies in the building sector in Germany”. Held from May 15 until May 18, this program was supported by the German Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy (BMWi) and was implemented by EKONID and the Renewable Energy Academy (RENAC).
The program consisted of a one-day seminar and a three-day visit to relevant sites. The seminar saw a number of well-known energy efficiency practitioners from Germany providing essential information about the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energies in the building sector in Germany, as well as on the relevant policies and strategy framework. The seminar also invited a number of representatives from German companies who presented their energy-saving technologies for buildings that could be applicable for Indonesia.
In the next day, participants visited the office of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, which acts as the government body that provides the Federal Government with sectoral scientific consultation in the political fields of spatial planning, urban development, housing and building. During this visit, the commisioner for energy in federal buildings, Dr. -Ing. Olaf Böttcher, presented his paper of climate protection in the building sector while explaning the best practices implemented for federal buildings located in Berlin. The participants were also taken to an IKEA store in Berlin-Lichtenberg, where new technologies that utilises heat from wastewater are, for the first time, being applied on an industrial scale. With this innovative plant technology, up to 70% of the furniture store’s annual energy requirements can be covered.
On the third day, participants were brought to the Office Building of Heinrich-Boell Foundation, considered a leader in the field of modern office and conference center design, and the Residential Passive House in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg, which is a great example of water and energy recycling as its system is able to save energy and water for less than 0.6% of the total apartment cost.
The visit to Haus 2019 located in Berlin Marienfelde sealed the program on that final day. This building, which is owned by the Federal Environment Agency, is one initial sample of zero energy building as all the required energy are covered by a roof-based photovoltaic system and a geothermal heat pump that supplies the building with all of its energy needs. The building even registered an energy surplus in its first year of operation.
EKONID, Ministry of Industry promotes participation at ANUGA
More than a dozen Indonesian food and beverage companies ready to participate in the largest food and beverage trade show in the world.
EKONID, in cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Industry, promoted the largest food and beverage trade show in the world, ANUGA, to members of the Indonesian press corps at a press conference in the Ministry’s office in Jakarta on August 22, 2017.
In attendance was the Head of the Trade Fair Department at EKONID, Prieta Perthantri, and the Secretary at the Directorate General of Agro Industry at the Ministry of Industry, Enny Ratnaningtyas, as well as dozens of members of the Indonesian press, including the largest Indonesian daily newspaper Kompas, and the country’s main English-language newspaper, The Jakarta Post.
During the press conference, Mrs. Ratnaningtyas encouraged local companies to participate in ANUGA, which is to be held in Cologne, Germany, from October 7 to October 11, 2017. “We hope that by participating in the event, Indonesian food and beverages will gain better international recognition and we can see more of them lining up shelves in markets in Europe,” she said.
She added that the trade fair was also a great opportunity for local food producers to reach out to potential partners and to learn more about the various requirements needed to penetrate the European market.
ANUGA itself is well known to be a leading trade fair for the food and beverage industry. First held in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany, the biannual event this year is set to welcome some 160,000 visitors and 7,200 exhibitors from 190 countries unto its 284,000 sqm of trade show floor space.
Indonesia has been a regular participant of ANUGA since 2009 and the number of Indonesian visitors and exhibitors has been steadily rising over the past years, peaking at 2013 with 108 participants. The number of Indonesian visitor declined in 2015 to 134 due to the limited space available at the trade show. This year, aside from the various new products, innovations and technologies to be introduced in ANUGA 2017, the Indonesian province of West Sumatra is set to present the province’s food and beverage product to the trade show.
Mrs. Ratnaningtyas further noted that, during ANUGA 2015, the Ministry of Industry recorded an on-the-spot transaction of some US$11.6 million and potential transactions of $2.4 million. “Looking at the opportunities we’ve learned about last year, we have set a target of three million dollars in potential buyers and as much as twelve million dollars for on-the-spot transactions this year,” she said.