Mandatory Biodiesel Continue

Biodiesel mandatory is very strategic for economy and environment. Therefore, the mandatory biodiesel continues. If there are complaints about the use of biodiesel, then the solution is not to stop or delay, but to seek a solution by involving experts in their field

The National Energy Council (DEN) recently proposed to postpone the implementation of mandatory biodiesel (B-30) which is planned to start in 2020. The reason is that on the current mandatory (B-20) there are complaints from users of crust that settles on machines, so it is feared will disrupt the performance of the engine.

If true there is such a complaint, the solution is not a delay of B-30. It is best to evaluate the extent to which it occurs and find a solution to overcome it. Therefore, the Director General of Renewable Energy needs to establish a team of experts to evaluate and find a solution to the complaint if it exists.

Existing experts and technologies are available at domestic universities to find a way out. The solar fossil sub-sector with palm biodiesel is very strategic for Indonesia. First, the current and future dependence of Indonesia on imported fossil fuels continues to increase, so by replacing fossil diesel with biodiesel will gradually reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels and simultaneously save foreign exchange. Secondly, we have committed to the International to participate in reducing carbon emissions. Indonesia’s largest source of emissions is from fossil energy consumption including fossil fuel. Increasing fossil fuel consumption increases carbon emissions. The replacement of fossil diesel with palm biodiesel can reduce diesel emissions by up to 62 percent. So that more and more palm biodiesel is mixed with fossil diesel the lower the emission.

Third, Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of palm oil, of which about 70 percent of our palm oil output is exported to many countries. This means our palm oil industry is too dependent on the export market. To reduce dependence on export markets, it is necessary to develop a domestic market that can enlarge the palm oil we use domestically. The use of palm oil into palm biodiesel and used as a substitute for some domestic fossil fuels, will reduce dependence on foreign markets.

Fourth, the process of producing palm oil (biodiesel raw materials) involves about 3 million farmers and the economy of 200 districts of palm oil producers in Indonesia. Therefore, increasing the absorption of oil palm in the country through mandatory biodiesel, means also guarantee the market of palm oil production of these farmers.

In other words, biodiesel mandatory must be continued and even expanded not just the PSO market segment but also the non-PSO market. If there are complaints of using biodiesel, then the solution is not to stop or delay, but to seek the solution by involving experts in their field. Biodiesel mandatory go ahead and do not back down.

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