Mandatory Biodiesel Policy Saves IDR 122 Trillion and Is a Key Pillar to Zero Emissions

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General Director in duty of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resource, Jisman P. Hutajulu when inaugurating a seminar. Photo by: Special

PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) has underscored the pivotal role of biodiesel in achieving carbon emission reduction and moving towards net zero emissions by 2060.

Bioenergy, as a new renewable energy source integrated into the national energy mix, has already realized 7.7% or 60% of the total energy mix, as per data cited by Jisman P. Hutajulu, the General Director in charge of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation at MEMR.

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These remarks were made during a bioenergy industry seminar organized by the Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association (APROBI) in Jakarta on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Hutajulu also commended APROBI for their efforts in addressing challenges and seizing opportunities in the bioenergy sector.

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He stressed the importance of collaboration between the government and industry stakeholders to further advance in this field. One real successful evidence in biodiesel program is that the country saved revenue up to more than Rp 122 trillion in 2023.

“In 2023, biodiesel about 12,3 million kiloliters were distributed in the domestic, it saved revenue about more than Rp 122 trillion, reduced green-house gas (GHG) emission up to about 132 million tons CO2,” Hutajulu said, as in the official statement to Palmoilmagazine.com, Wednesday (28/2/2024).

Indonesia has the main commitment in climate change mitigation with two targets, such as, GHG emission reduction up to 29 percent in 2030 and 41 percent in the same year with other countries’ helps. Bioenergy is taken as one NRE that plays key roles to realize the targets.

Vice Chairman of APROBI, Catra de Thouars said that many people do not aware of bioenergy industries though palm oil biodiesel industries in Indonesia have gone forward for the past two decades whole over the world.

“When there was no mandatory program until it reaches biodiesel 35 percent (B35), this becomes the advanced sector in the world,” Catra said.

The seminar discussed about the progress in European Union Deforestation Regulation, Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil implementation, bioenergy programs. This showed the seriousness to accelerate bioenergy implementation as one main solution to face climate change challenges to realize sustainable development goals. Bioenergy that consists of many sources, such as, biomass, biogas, and vegetable fuel would massively have the potential to substitute fossil energy in many sectors, including the plants, transportation, commercialization, and housings. (T2)

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