Waste-to-Energy Recovery: Developing Blended Finance & Partnership Scheme to Unlock the Potential of Municipal Organic Waste Management in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond
Aiming to improve conditions amidst COVID-19, we proposed to develop a Waste-to-Energy (WtE) project in Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia. This regency relies heavily on tourism sector, it therefore inevitably needs to find a new source of growth. The increase in the amount of waste coupled with many improvements needed in organic waste management also prompted our team to propose a WtE project to address the problems facing Buleleng. The proposed project will begin with the establishment of a village owned enterprise (BUMDes) to oversee the waste management firm, in cooperation with the local government. Given that financing and partnerships are still the main challenges in WtE development, our focus is to promote blended financing schemes and partnerships by promoting a mobile application called BULEWA. This proposed project is expected to provide social and economic benefits. The project is also hoped to significantly reduce the amount of organic waste sent to the landfill and provide a clean image and healthier society for Buleleng as a tourist destination. Regarding project replication, this project can be implemented in other areas because each region in Indonesia has the potential to establish a BUMDes. To ensure its sustainability, it is also quite important to allocate excess energy supply for meeting local government energy needs.
The SDG certificate program provides an extraordinary experience ranging from a multidisciplinary approach to SDG implementation and a multicultural experience. Through this program, our team members who have diverse backgrounds can get the opportunity to share the same goal in designing a project that is expected to help society in tackling COVID-19. Despite online learning, this program still allows us to receive utilitarian input as well as insightful feedback from competent advisors. Additionally, being selected to join this program is also a very valuable experience for us as we were able to gain knowledge enrichment not only for the improvement of our final report but also for our future careers. In this regard, we believe that this pandemic not only poses challenges, but also encourages us to innovatively propose a project to achieve sustainable growth in the COVID-19 era and beyond.
Meet The Team:
Eman Adhi Patra is a specialist in performance and risk evaluation for public sectors. He joined GraSPP under Asian Development Bank Scholarship. He led many projects in Indonesia, including building organization and individual performance management systems for 70,000 employees in the Indonesia Ministry of Finance; State Printing Company; Downstream Oil and Gas Regulator; Kemayoran Service Agency, etc. He was also involved in other public reform in MoF programs in collaboration with McKinsey Group, Palladium group,and Hay Group. His passion is in the development and improvement of organization strategic plan and better risk angle in public policy making.
Febtina Setia Retnani is a second-year student at Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo. She graduated from the Indonesian School of Statistics, majoring in Economics. Since 2015, Febtina has worked at the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (OJK) as Head of Subdivision of Board of Commissioners Secretariat. After serving 5 years at OJK, Febtina has started to become interested in a blended finance scheme to fill the financing gap to boost environmental-based projects.
Wahyunindia Rahman (is a Master Candidate at Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo. Since 2013, she has worked at the Central Bank of Indonesia (BI) as an analyst. She worked in various fields from financial stability to financial inclusion. Her latest project was to increase financial inclusion in Banten Province through shifting payment for social assistance by the regional government from cash to non-cash. Besides her professional work, she has interest in improving education equality in Indonesia.
Santi Setiawati is a second-year student at Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo. She graduated from Brawijaya University, majoring in International Development. In 2014-2019, Santi worked in a state-owned bank in Indonesia as Business Development Officer. In 2020, she got a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) title from Indonesia Financial Planning Standard Board (FPSB) which became a milestone to pursue her dream in promoting financial literacy in Indonesia. Besides, she is now working on her paper about regional financial safety nets.
Hirzi Hasan is a first-year student at Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo. He graduated from the University of Indonesia, majoring in Electrical Engineering in 2016. Since then, Hirzi has worked at a BUMD transportation company known as MRT Jakarta under the government of DKI Jakarta as the operation planning specialist for almost 4 years. Hirzi is currently interested in Government - Business partnership and cooperation and policy analysis.