Indonesia

Indonesia is the world’s 16th-largest economy and presents an enticing opportunity for investors, with ongoing reform efforts and attractive demographics. Meanwhile, a booming start-up ecosystem signals the country’s rising consumer power and regional influence. While headwinds are expected to follow Covid-19, Indonesia’s strong foundations will help maintain momentum in the medium to long term.

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Indonesia has taken another step forward in its quest to become a leading electric vehicle (EV) player, with the world’s two largest producers of EV batteries recently announcing major projects in the country. However, the developments highlight the paradoxical centrality of carbon-intensive mining to EV production, despite hopes that the EV production process could be further decarbonised.

A recent report found that relatively few companies in the Asia-Pacific region have adopted net-zero carbon emission strategies to date. Nevertheless, there are grounds for cautious optimism as pacesetters in the region announce ambitious targets and experiment with innovative decarbonisation strategies.

Indonesia’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) and UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) priorities centre on the affordable transition to renewable energy, socio-economic growth beyond Jakarta, and improved governance in both the public and private sector.

As demand for environmentally sustainable transport grows, a number of emerging markets are ramping up their efforts to incentivise the sale and production of electric vehicles (EVs).

As the prices of solar power inputs reach 10-year highs, Indonesia is looking to boost solar panel manufacturing.

Earlier this month Saudi Arabia’s Riyad Bank closed a $750m “sustainability” sukuk (Islamic bond), the latest in a wave of high-profile issuance across different regions. ESG-related sukuk are set to see rapid growth in 2022, even as the broader sukuk market softens.

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