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Indonesia seeking support from IEA, IRENA on palm oil biofuels

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, September 18, 2019   /  01:00 pm
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Agriculture Ministry Andi Amran Sulaeman fills a tractor with palm oil-based B100 biodiesel during the launch of the fuel use trial for vehicles operated by the Agriculture Ministry on April 15.(JP/ark)

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is working to secure global recognition of Indonesian palm oil-based biofuels as a renewable energy source after the European Union categorized the product as unsustainable earlier this year. The ministry's deputy minister Arcandra Tahar said he met representatives from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) at the four-day ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, which ended on Sept 6. “We talked to the IEA, they don’t oppose [our biofuel]. I met the IRENA, they’re neutral... The one that opposes is the EU,” he told reporters in Jakarta on Friday. EU legislators adopted in March a regulation that determines palm oil as a crop causing environmental harm, making palm oil-based biofuels ineligible for regional energy subsidies. The regulation was...