Public Lecture “The Politics of the Energy Transition and the Ukrainian Crisis”

In the midst of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Department of Politics and Government (DPP) is interested in exploring the ‘other side’ of the incident which is no less important to discuss. This is reflected in the holding of a public lecture entitled “The Politics of Energy Transition and the Ukrainian Crisis” on (02-03).

The online public lecture, which was held via Zoom Meeting and broadcast live on the official DPP Fisipol YouTube channel, presented three speakers. First, Dr. Nanang Indra Kurniawan, Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Government at UGM. Second, Hasrul Hanif, PhD., Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Government UGM. Third, Tadzkia Nurshafira, Program Manager of Citizen Engagement and Natural Resource Governance Education DPP UGM.

The public lecture which took place at 10.00 – 12.00 WIB tried to look at the crisis issue in Ukraine from the perspective of energy transition politics. Tadzkia Nurshafira explained that the Russian invasion of Ukraine could not be read as a single or isolated phenomenon. The Russian invasion of Ukraine should be placed in the context of the global energy crisis that has occurred in recent years. Tadzkia stressed the importance of seeing the position of resources (fossil fuel) in the energy transition as a dynamic matter. This then affects the energy transition process runs in the future.

Meanwhile, Hasrul conveyed that the energy transition is actually a very political process in the context of an interdependent world. The events of the invasions of Russia and Ukraine are the starting point for understanding the process of further energy transition.

Dr. Nanang Indra Kurniawan explained that it is important for Indonesia to take lessons from the case in Europe that efforts towards an energy transition must consider aspects such as energy reliability and energy affordability. This means that energy security must also be taken into account and then carried out gradually and measurably. The negotiation process to find a balance between cheap energy, green energy, and guaranteed energy is important.

To take part in the general lecture “Politics of the Energy Transition and the Ukrainian Crisis” in full, you can visit DPP UGM’s YouTube or click here.