Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform in Indonesia: A review of government communications in 2012 (GSI)

Indonesia has subsidized fuel for decades as a means to improve energy access and share the benefits of the country’s oil wealth. However, as Indonesia’s oil reserves have diminished, and millions of motor vehicles are added to the road each year, the costs of Indonesia’s fuel subsidies have soared. Communications represent an important response to the challenges associated with fossil-fuel subsidy reform. This report by the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) reviews the Government of Indonesia’s communications on fossil-fuel subsidy reform in 2012, a year in which it announced plans to both restrict the use of subsidized fuel and raise prices and gives recommendations for strengthening strategic communications going forward.