24 July 2018
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Director General and Chief executive of IIASA, Prof. Pavel Kabat, and Vice Rector in Research, Innovation, and Cooperation of ITB, Prof. Dr. Bambang Riyanto Trilaksono. Deputy Program Director of Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program, Dr. Florian Kraxner represents IIASA in the MOU signing meeting which took place at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) on Tuesday 24th of July, 2018.
The signing was witnessed by Rector of ITB, Prof. Dr. Kadarshah Suryadi, DEA., Vice Rector in Academics and Scholars of ITB, Prof. Dr. Bermawi P. Iskandar, Vice Rector in Finance, Planning, and Capacity Building of ITB, Prof. Dr. Wawan Gunawan A. Kadir, and numbers of academic staffs from various faculties and centres in ITB, among others are Faculty of Industrial Technology, Faculty of Mining and Oil Engineering, School of Business and Management, School of Life Sciences and Technology, Centre for Research on Energy Policy, and Centre of Excellence for Carbon Capture and Utilization/Storage (COE CCU/S).
IIASA & ITB
The idea of having this cooperation is in line with ITB’s objective in increasing international research cooperation and collaboration activities. "Today, I have witnessed the signing of MoU between ITB and IIASA. We have succeeded in having one additional international partner, I think this is in line with our direction towards an international and entrepreneurial university," Prof. Kadarsah in his welcome speech.
The MOU followed various interactions between IIASA and ITB’s faculties and research centers. “The purpose of this MOU is actually to provide an umbrella to various collaboration potentials that have already been explored. IIASA has quite a lot of interaction with several research centres in ITB. In fact, ITB made crucial contribution to Indonesia’s IIASA membership, so that the need for an umbrella to further integrate these activities becomes important.” said IIASA researcher, Ping Yowargana.
IIASA and ITB aim to develop flagship research activities, exchange of scientists, exchange of relevant databases, joint scientific publications, and other collaborations. The collaboration will focus on the topic of bioenergy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) combining analyses on the country’s land use and energy sectors.
Dr. Mohammad Rachmat Sule, of COE CCU/S, added that ITB is currently preparing its first CCS Pilot Project in Southeast Asia and South Asia, where the source of CO2 is obtained from the natural gas production. This pilot project will contribute to CCS as an important measure to reduce carbon emissions. However, with IIASA’s invitation to pursue BECCS, it will be very important for Indonesia—which is home to one of the world's most productive forest areas—to understand the potential of sustainable bioenergy utilization to be used as CO2 source. "Sustainable bioenergy is characterized as a carbon neutral energy resource. Combined with CCS, this measure will actually absorb atmospheric CO2 concentration." said Dr. Rachmat.
IIASA & ITB round table discussions
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