Indonesia to speed up geothermal licensing; most of country's exploration zones in PAs

Following tax breaks, the government has moved to ease licensing for forest use for geothermal projects to speed up its implementation to build support for clean energy sources.

Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan pledged that his office would issue licenses to use forests for geothermal projects in days, rather than the normal process that takes months.

“We are now preparing regulations to speed up the licensing process for geothermal exploitation of deposits in forests,” Zulkifli said after opening the IndoGreen Forestry Expo on Thursday.

The event, which runs until Sunday at the Jakarta Convention Center, showcases products, information and services related to forests.

Forestry and mining companies are taking part in the event to show their forest management concepts and conservation programs.

The event will also feature discussions on topics such as Indonesia’s strategy to reduce emissions from the forestry sector, good mining practices and the development of communal forests.

The ministry predicts that about 70 percent of the country’s geothermal deposits were located in protected and conservation areas.

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