Biodiesel use expansion has long way to go despite abundance of CPO

Biodiesel use expansion has long way to go despite abundance of CPO


Jakarta — The government still has a long way in its plan to expand the use of crude palm oil (CPO) as a transportation and industrial feedstock. So far, research into the use of B20 biodiesel, or fuel with a 20 percent biodiesel content, has produced few results. Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of CPO, and the government is keen to make use of abundant commodity for industrial purposes and transportation. Coordinating Economic  Minister Darmin Nasution told a press briefing on Friday (20/07) morning that he had explained that President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) at a cabinet meeting on Thursday (19/07) night that there was no significant progress on a study of the use of biodiesel. Darmin declined to reveal the reasons behind lack of progress on the study, which was expected to complete two years ago. According to Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s roadmap, the nation was supposed to start using B20 fuel for transportation and industrial purposes in 2016. Earlier this week, the ministry’s renewable energy and energy conservation director, Rida Mulyana, said the government would bring forward the start of B30 fuels – which contain 30 percent biodiesel – to 2019 from the initial plan of 2020. However, Transportation Mininster Budi  Karya Sumadi said the government was focusing on completing the research on B20 rather than moving forward with B30. “We prefer to focus on the conservative target of B20,” Budi said, adding that B7 biodiesel was already in use to fuel locomotives.