USTDA, MRT Jakarta Partner on Sustainable Public Transit

Arlington, VA – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to PT Mass Rapid Transit Jakarta (MRT Jakarta), Jakarta’s public transit operator, for a feasibility study to advance the decarbonization of Jakarta’s MRT system through renewable energy. USTDA’s assistance will support MRT Jakarta in achieving its aspiration of using 100% renewable energy to power its operations by 2040.  

“USTDA is proud to partner with MRT Jakarta on its renewable energy initiative, which will serve as a model for transit operators in Indonesia and throughout the Indo-Pacific region,” said Enoh T.  Ebong, USTDA’s Director. “Public transit will be critical for Indonesia to meet its climate goals, and our support for this innovative project will enable MRT Jakarta to connect with cutting-edge U.S. technologies and climate-smart solutions.”

USTDA’s study will support MRT Jakarta in assessing the viability of implementing a renewable energy initiative to transition the MRT system’s power supply to renewable energy sources. The study will analyze and recommend implementation plans for several key components of the initiative, including installing solar panels on rooftops across the rail system, accessing power from new renewable energy power plants in Indonesia, and implementing energy efficiency and storage projects in rail stations, depots, and other facilities to reduce MRT Jakarta’s overall energy demand.

“By offering environmentally friendly public transportation and reducing our community’s reliance on private vehicles, MRT Jakarta considers itself a catalyst for change. Through this study, our partnership with USTDA will help us plan our transition to renewable energy and offer our citizens a low-emission transportation solution. This will improve the city’s air quality and contribute to emissions reduction in Indonesia,” said Tuhiyat, MRT Jakarta’s President Director.

USTDA’s assistance advances one of the key pillars of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, to tackle the climate crisis and bolster global energy security. This project also advances the goals of USTDA’s Global Partnership for Climate-Smart Infrastructure, which connects U.S. industry to major clean transportation and energy infrastructure projects in emerging economies. Through the Global Climate Partnership, USTDA has funded more than 50 activities in emerging economies designed to mobilize more than $65 billion in climate finance.

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority infrastructure projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

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