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Jokowi’s plan to use B40 biodiesel by 2021 difficult to realize: Experts

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Jakarta   /   Sun, March 15, 2020   /  01:43 pm
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The government plans to issue a regulation on the use of a 40-percent biodiesel ( B40 ) mix starting next year. (Shutterstock/File)

Experts have expressed doubt about President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to increase the palm oil content in biodiesel to 40 percent on a mass scale by next year from 30 percent at present. They say producers may fail to meet the increase in demand and the quality standards. Indonesian Bioenergy Expert Association (IKABI) chairman Tatang Herman said it would take more than a year to prepare for the processing facilities to enable them to meet the technical requirements to produce biodiesel with 40 percent palm oil content. “The preparation for B30 started back in 2014, and the regulation was issued in 2015. That provides a lot of time for producers to prepare. However, the decision to upgrade to B40 is way too sudden,” he said in a public discussion on Friday. In January, Indonesia began the mandatory use of B30 biodiesel, which contains 30 percent ...