The Dirty Facts About Batang Revealed, Indonesia and Japan Government Should Stop These Madness

Siaran Pers - 11 Februari, 2014
Jakarta, 11 February 2014: Greenpeace Indonesia today launched the briefing paper confirming that the proposed Batang Coal Powerplant will release around 10,8 million tons of carbon (more than the whole Myanmar's 2009 carbon emission) and 226 kg of mercury per year, endangering livelihood of more than 100.000 local people, violating several Indonesian law, and will cost the country US$ 4 billion, such money that will bevery valuable if diverted into the renewable energy investments. Therefore, Greenpeace and local communities urging Indonesia and Japan government to scratch this dirty and expensive Batang plan off and move all energy and resources to renewable energy investment plan.

“This briefing paper revealed a lot of dirty and dangerous facts related to Batang plan.The Indonesian government should spend the requisite $4 billion needed to build this 2-million-kilowatt coal-fired power plant on cleaner, more sustainable, renewable energy solutions,” said Arif Fiyanto, Greenpeace Indonesia Climate and Energy Campaigner.

“It is a must if Indonesia want to support –not just lip service – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono 2009’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by 2020; and to develop 25% renewable energy in its total energy mix by 2025. The Batang power plant alone will likely emit 10.8 million tonnes of CO2 per year – and if more coal fired power plants like it are built, Indonesia’s energy sector emissions could double by 2020,” Fiyanto Added.

Several dirty facts confirming why Batang plan should be scrapped out of Indonesia energy plan:

  • This Project is violating several Indonesia law.
  • The World Bank is helping finance this mammoth coal-fired power plant in Batang in spite of its new policy to quit supporting coal projects worldwide
  • The 2,000-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Batang, Central Java will cost at least $4 billion.
  • Based on existing plans, it would release 226 kg of mercury each year into the neighboring Ujungnegoro-Roban Regional Marine Protected Area (Kawasan Konservasi Laut Daerah). An annual discharge of 226 kg of mercury could be catastrophic for the local fisheries, given that 0.907 grams of mercury in a lake can make any fish in a 100m2area unfit to eat.
  • The proposed Batang plant would have a 2000 megawatt capacity and would release about 10.8 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere – which adds up to more than the entire carbon emissions of the country of Myanmar in 2009.
  • The AMDAL process failed to include the community concerns and voices
  • etc

Batang coal powerplant will also destroy the livelihood of more than 100.000 local people. That is why over 7.000 villagers from 5 villages have constantly opposing this project.“We oppose the Batang Coal Power plant, because we don’t want to face same destiny as the communities who were already affected by coal power plants, like communities in Cirebon, Jepara, and Cilacap. The Government should put our future before the greedy polluters,” said Roidhi, the resident of Batang.

Arif said, to provide electricity for Indonesia people, Government shouldn’t have endangering hundred thousands people livelihood and health, the climate and the mother earth. Because the energy solution for Indonesia is clear: safe and clean renewable energy.

“Recent studies shown that Indonesia could lead the world in geothermal, with 40% of the world’s geothermal reserves. Geothermal capacity exceeds 29,000 MW but only 1.2MW have been developed thus far. We also have estimated hydro capacity exceeds 75,000 MW, not to mention the abundant wind potency in this country with thousands of miles of coastline on hundreds of islands, and constant winds. All it takes is the willingness of Indonesia government to stop it fossil fuels addiction and move to the massive uptakes of renewable energy, to ensure clean and save future for Indonesia people and the world,” Fiyanto concluded.


Arif Fiyanto, Climate and Energy Campaigner for Greenpeace Indonesia, 08111 805 373

Hikmat Suriatanwijaya, Media Campaigner for Greenpeace Indonesia, 0819 8888 29