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Indonesia is seeking help to undo decades of dependence on coal, which still generates about 60% of its electricity.

Indonesia is seeking help to undo decades of dependence on coal, which still generates about 60% of its electricity.

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Rich Nations May Fork Out Billions to Wean Indonesia Off Coal

A flurry of climate diplomacy has begun to try to forge a deal before COP27 in November

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Ever since Indonesia accelerated plans last year to achieve carbon neutrality, a parade of climate envoys from developed nations has headed to the archipelago, offering assistance and financial aid in exchange for a commitment by the world’s biggest exporter of coal by weight to phase out coal power.

Officials from the U.S. and Europe hope to secure a deal by the time Indonesia hosts G-20 leaders in Bali in November, establishing a major milestone in the global effort to cut emissions and providing an impetus for the United Nations’ COP27 climate summit in Egypt the same month.