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Indonesia faces uphill battle to achieve B50 biofuel goal

  • Norman Harsono
    Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, December 16, 2019   /  07:45 am
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Former energy and mineral resources minister Ignasius Jonan (second right) fills a car with 30 percent biodiesel (B30) fuel during the launch of a road test for palm oil-based biofuel in June. (Antara/-)

The government has reaffirmed its commitment to implement a 50 percent-blended biodiesel (B50) requirement but has acknowledged that under current oil production projections, it will difficult to achieve within the next five years. “We will mandate the use of B30 starting Jan. 1 [2020] and will move up to B40 by the end of next year [...] but it appears we will have to stop at B50 because supplies are insufficient,” Coordinating Maritime and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said in Jakarta on Tuesday. Energy and Mineral Resources Ministerial Regulation No. 12/2015 introduced a B15 requirement in 2015 and stipulated that a B30 requirement would be introduced in 2020. While the regulation does not require the country to go beyond B30, Luhut said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo wanted to see the biodiesel requirement increased in line with the country&rsq...