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Delivering a battery revolution - reducing the drivers of climate change in Indonesia
12th – 14th July 2021


This Workshop was funded as part of the many activities the British Council is delivering in the run up to COP26 (the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties) which takes place in Glasgow in November 2021. The aim is to harness the power of people all over the world – particularly young people and those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change – to connect and collaborate through culture and education to combat climate change.
Addressing the challenges of climate change is critical for promoting global sustainable development. Climate Challenge Workshop grants are designed to provide financial support to bring together a UK and Indonesia bilateral cohort of early career researchers (ECRs) to take part in virtual interdisciplinary research workshops. The workshops offer a platform to stimulate and discuss innovative research ideas and encourage sustainable collaborations across disciplines.
It will deliver a balanced programme specifically aimed at early career researchers (ECRs) from Indonesia and the UK, with the following objectives:
  • Enable networking and mutual research exchange between ECRs from the UK and Indonesia, via the effective use of online platforms (online profiles, speed networking, break-out sessions) and post-Workshop activities.
  • Deliver a climate change workshop containing a mixed programme of ECR talks, plenaries, breakout sessions and training sessions
  • Train ECRs in contemporary issues around climate change, with a balanced programme including the underlying scientific causes and effects of climate change, potential technological solutions and the broader socioeconomic consequences.
  • Identify the top climate-range ECRs in Indonesia and the UK, and award them Research Prize and Dissemination Awards
  • Mentor ECRs prior to the workshop to upskill and increase their capacity to bid for the Research Prizes, and continue that mentor relationship during the delivery of the projects.


The objectives of this workshop are to increase capacity, undertake training and promote research cooperation and impact, achieved through plenary lectures and training sessions given by experts, as well as fund dissemination activities and joint research projects. In general, the objectives are:
  1. Explain the causes and the role that Indonesia has on climate change, locally and globally, across different economic sectors (e.g transport, energy, industry, tourism, household).
  2. Explain the social and economic impact that climate change will have on Indonesia.
  3. Explain potential solutions to reducing the causes of Indonesian driven climate change, such as battery backed renewable energy or electrification of transport.
  4. Identify scalable battery and renewable energy technology that can tackle climate change.
  5. Elucidate the wider environmental impact of solutions to climate change (e.g pollution from mining, deforestation and displacement of indigenous people for hydroelectric power, carbon capture etc).
  6. Ensure that ECRs understand the proposed solutions must be of net benefit to climate change and the environment, by taking into account the full environmental cost.

Thematic Areas

  1. Climate change specific to Indonesia - causes and effects: This will cover all potential causes (SDG13), such as deforestation (SDG13, SDG15), transport (SDG9, SDG11), tourism, cooking and household emissions (SDG3), electricity generation (SDG7, SDG11,SDG12), industry (SDG9), and future potential economic growth predictions(SDG1, SDG8, ). We note that the major drivers of climate change in Indonesia are electricity generation, industry, burning of biomass and transportation, but others exist and we will consider all. Effects will cover different localities (urban, rural, coastal: SDG14, SDG15), economic status and employment sector (SDG8), natural environment (SDF14, SDG15), gender equality (SDG5) etc.
  2. Potential technological solutions to climate change specific to Indonesia: This will heavily emphasise technological solutions to renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro) backed up with batteries for storage when renewables isn't generating (SDG13, SDG7), the infrastructure and solutions needed to support electrified transport (SDG9) in Indonesia, and the potential for carbon capture.
  3. Socioeconomic, policy and financial barriers to climate change solutions in Indonesia: There are many barriers, often financial and political, to sustainable growth in Indonesia. Government policy has presided over a significant expansion of energy use, most of which has come from fossil fuels, as a result of abundant sources of coal and oil in Indonesian territory. The political, financial, social and economic battlers will be fundamental to the workshop, particularly in assessing how they may link in with technological solutions.


Key Dates

Registration Deadline

20 May 2021

Networking Event

25-26 May 2021

Submission Deadline

22 June 2021

Candidate Announcement

10 July 2021

Workshop Event

12-14 July 2021

Abstract Submission Deadline

9 July 2021

Candidate Announcement

10 July 2021

Workshop Event

12-14 July 2021

This work was supported by a Researcher Links Climate Challenge Workshop Grant, ID 714497704 and funded by the British Council to implement activities in the run up to COP26 (the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties). For further information, please visit