Framing Geothermal Energy in Indonesia: A Media Analysis in A Country with Huge Potential

A. Trisiah*, G. de Vries, J.A. de Bruijn

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Public perceptions of emergent low-carbon technologies, such as geothermal energy, impact the speed of energy transitions. Such perceptions are largely shaped by how the media portray such technologies. This paper reports on how geothermal energy has been framed in two prominent national newspapers in Indonesia, a country with large geothermal potential due to its volcanic geology. We examined articles on geothermal energy written over ten years. Applying a quantitative framing analysis, we investigated the salience of six frames indicated in the literature as often used in communications on geothermal energy: energy security, economy, legislation, environment, knowledge, and social issues. We also examined the tone and source of the frames. The analysis reveals an overall positive tone in the newspaper articles, especially regarding the technology's energy security and economic potential, with the primary source being the national government. Possible adverse effects of geothermal technology are covered less often, particularly those related to social issues at the local level. We describe the different frames identified, provide examples and discuss implications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)993-1001
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Communication
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2022


This research was sponsored by the 5000-Doctor Overseas Programme, the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Republic of Indonesia


  • Geothermal energy
  • media
  • Indonesia
  • perception
  • energy transition
  • frame


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