- Why did you choose your proposed course and institution*? Please include information on efforts you have undertaken so far to obtain information in your study option. (Max 2000 Characters)
72% of global greenhouse gas emissions are from fossil fuels. However, Indonesia’s existing energy system still heavily relies on these sources of energy. For the country’s transition to a sustainable energy system, it certainly needs individuals who are competently equipped with related multidisciplinary skills. Due to my enthusiasm for this goal, the Master of Energy Change and Master of Energy System courses are ideal for me since they provide a multidisciplinary understanding of the related subject. Learning this course from an Australian institution is an ideal option for me to have a deeper grasp of the topic from a nearby developed country that has many successful innovations in its energy system that Indonesia can learn from.
The Australian National University (ANU) is my top pick since it also offers a wide range of specialized units of study that concentrate on the technology of renewable energy sources including solar, wind, and nuclear. I believe I’ll have the opportunity to interact with academics or professors who are experts in their particular disciplines of renewable energy, such as Dr. Heping Shen, exposing me to the advancement of renewable energy technologies. The University of Melbourne is my second pick since it provides a special course on non-renewable energy that can assist me in better comprehending the qualities of fossil fuels that have allowed them to dominate the global energy system for so long. Most universities in Australia only offer courses that focus on the policy and economic or engineering perspective of the energy system.
I reviewed the AAS website’s prerequisites and policy book in its entirety before deciding to pursue these study choices. I have also browsed other Australian university websites in search of the ideal programs to meet my interest in the energy system. To have a better grasp of the course, I also looked up the instructions and the units of the study offered on these websites.
- What impact do you believe this study will have on your career, life and community*? (Max 2000 Characters)
Less than 1% increase occurred in Indonesia’s renewable energy proportion over the previous two years. Although legislation is a key factor in its acceleration, the government continues to emphasize the usage of fossil fuels. Hence, I am driven by a strong desire to work in the renewable energy governance field. This requires me to have sufficient knowledge and years of experience in the energy system so I can take part in materializing a just energy transition in my country. To start with, having the opportunity to research the suggested energy system will arm me with abundant information from all viewpoints. Second, doing an internship will help me hone my talents by implementing my knowledge and concepts into reality. Lastly, studying overseas will also broaden my network because I will be working with stakeholders, attending seminars, and learning from academics. These individuals are helpful to my professional career, particularly if they are from a developed country with a successful energy system that has seen numerous advancements. In fact, I would not have to deal with any of these people if I were to study in my home country.
It is everyone’s responsibility to pass on this planet securely to the next generation. As transitioning energy systems is a complex task, I believe that taking this interdisciplinary course will provide me with the resources I need to create a career ladder with a high purpose at the end as I am working for a good cause. Moreover, I can also take part in assisting the community by improving air quality, especially for those who reside near fossil fuels power plants. Many workers are also needed for renewable energy projects in the future which can lessen unemployment rate. Economic transformation will also occur especially in Indonesia’s coal-regions. Not only that, individuals who reside in rural areas can also taste the benefits of electricity from clean energy that can improve their quality of life.
- How have you contributed to solving a challenge or implementing change or reform in the context of G20 key priority sectors? (Be specific and include: what aspect/s of your leadership knowledge, skills and practice you consider to be well established and effective; which people or organizations you worked with to solve the problem; and what creative methods were used.)*: (Max 2000 Characters)
My best stroke of luck is to be hired as a procurement specialist in a developer company for solar energy. The challenging part is that I was the only employee in the division, so I had to handle procurement by myself and only got to learn things by doing. At that time, the company’s supplier alternatives were restricted, thus it was heavily reliant on a few vendors and struggled to expand revenues. As a result, my initial aim back then was to have various supplier choices so that my company could lessen its reliance and maximize its profit. The second objective is to get the business classified as a bearer of the Solar PV Indonesian National Standard (SNI), which is required by the new laws of 2021.
I reached out to as many potential new suppliers as I could to accomplish the first objective. For instance, I contacted subcontractors that may provide installation services for our prospective projects because services make up 20 – 25 percent of the project expenditures. Then, I discovered one that fit the requirements of my business. After a few rounds of haggling, they agreed to lower their pricing, which allowed my company to taste more profits. After I did this to other component suppliers, I was able to increase the company’s profits by 50% or even double the profit target. Additionally, I aggressively conveyed this new law to tier-1 solar PV manufacturers worldwide on behalf of the SNI. Our SNI expenses, which can total hundreds of millions of rupiah, are what we are hoping they will cover and pay for. Fortunately, I was able to convince Trina Solar to invest 100 percent in our company for our SNI after extensive conversations and negotiations. I’m also about to finalize an SNI contract with Risen Energy this year. I believe that to be a good leader means first being a good leader to oneself. I am grateful for this job as it allows me to take charge of my own direction by working hard and getting my hands dirty for these challenging tasks.
- Please: – a) give up to three practical examples of how you intend to use the knowledge, skills and connections you will gain from your scholarship in addressing one of the issues prioritized in the G20. Possible tasks can be personal and/or professional; and
b) list any possible constraints you think may prevent you from achieving these tasks.*: (Max 2000 Characters)
- In the next 5 years, I intend to reintegrate my knowledge, skills, and network from this scholarship by working in research and advisory entities to bring about strategic innovations in the energy system in the areas of technology, financing, and regulation. First, I will utilize my knowledge of the energy system to help clients or other stakeholders with the implementation of their clean energy initiatives by offering counsel and suggestions. Second, I will utilize my research, writing, and communication abilities to expound on the ideas I propose to governments, corporations, investors, and individuals through direct delivery or the publication of reports and papers. Furthermore, I will collaborate with my network of board members, such as by having them evaluate the reports of my future organizations and by inviting them to speak at significant occasions.
- Three possible constraints that may challenge the implementation of the tasks I mentioned above are low capital funding, a lack of links between organizations with similar missions, and tiny actual support from the government. First, low funding from public and private sectors for clean energy projects will make it difficult to accelerate the installation of renewable energy projects with a high initial cost. Second, comparable groups, such as think tanks, do not properly utilize their connections to publish papers or organize public events that educate public and stakeholders on the importance of a just energy transition. Last but not least, a strong political willingness is still not yet to be seen. These limits, however, may be addressed by staying up to speed on developments in the worldwide energy system and finding new sources of funding to support sustainable energy initiatives. Furthermore, similar entities can fully expand and utilize their network through having collaborations.