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Jakarta Post

Biofuels for the poor

  • Johannes Simbolon

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 23 2009   /  10:33 am

After being criticized for being slow to develop the local biofuel industry, the Indonesian government has finally issued two important policies; first, a decree issued last year obliging industries and the transportation sector to use biofuels; and second, its recent decision to provide subsidies for sales of the fuel. Both are expected to provide a strong impetus for growth in the country’s nascent biofuel industry. In issuing these policies, the government has underlined its commitment to seeing the national biofuel development program through to fruition. Many years from now, Indonesia may emerge as one of the top biofuel producers in the world. If this occurs, people will look back on these two policies as the most important landmarks in Indonesia’s energy history. The decree, issued by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in September last year, req...