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S. Korea to Create Electric Busses for Bali reports that the governments of South Korea and Indonesia have reached an agreement to jointly develop an “electric ecosystem” that will promote the use of electric vehicles for public transport in the City of Denpasar and the Bali regencies of Badung, Gianyar, and Tabanan (Sarbagita).

The agreement was formalized in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Deputy for Maritime and Natural Resources of the National Planning Agency (PPN.Bappenas), Vivi Wulaswati, and the Deputy Regional Director for Northwest Asia for the Country Representative of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Jaeseung Lee. 

Commenting on the MoU, Vivi Wulaswati said on Wednesday, 13 December 2023: “GGGI is in line with Indonesia’s commitment to become one of 200 countries to achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2060 or sooner.”

Vivi estimates that the transportation sector contributes 9.93% of glass-house gasses. Moreover, the fuels used to power public transportation create a financial drain on public funding when those fuels are officially subsidized.

Vivi said she hoped the cooperation with South Korea would go beyond providing electric buses and eventually include recharging stations along designated bus routes.

She hopes that the cooperation born of the MoU will be a model of success and serve as a pilot project for a further 20 major cities in Indonesia.

Jaeseung Lee confirmed that the three-year cooperative agreement will continue until December 2027.

Sarbagita is the initial area for developing Bali’s electric bus system. As the program is implemented, other Bali areas, such as Klungkung, are targeted for an electric-powered public transport system.

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