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2019, a transition year for bioenergy

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, December 31, 2019   /  12:55 pm
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Cleaner energy: A gas station worker in the West Papua city of Bintuni serves his customers. The government is promoting biofuels such as B30 biodiesel to reduce the country's dependency on fossil fuels.(JP/Jerry Adiguna)

Out of five renewable energy sources being developed in Indonesia, bioenergy saw the most progress this year as Indonesia escalated a policy mandating the use of biofuel-blended diesel. Otherwise, renewable energy development and investments are poised to fall behind annual targets. August marked Indonesia’s eleventh month of mandating the use of 20 percent blended biodiesel (B20). However, less than a year under in, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the government would begin mandating use of B30 starting in January next year. “We need to respond to any pressure on crude palm oil [substance used in producing biofuel] by driving up domestic demand and so that we can have a good bargaining position, whether with the European Union or other parties that try to weaken our position,” Jokowi said. In preparing businesses for the implementation of ...