Govt Ministries Sign Agreement on Aviation Biofuel, Renewable Energy for Airports i

A Garuda Indonesia flight taxis as a member of the airport's ground staff looks on. (JG Photo/Dhana Kencana)

By : Rangga Prakoso | on 2:25 PM December 27, 2013
Category : News, Environment

The Transportation Ministry and the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry on Friday signed an agreement on the use of aviation biofuel and renewable energy sources at airports.

"The joint agreement requires the establishment of a working team involving both ministries, as well as the airport operators and other stakeholders concerned," said Harry Bakti, director general for air transportation and the renewable energy at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, in a speech after signing the agreement at the Transportation Ministry headquarters in Jakarta. "[This team] will be responsible for planning, preliminary work and sustainable execution and will serve from 2014 to 2016."

He said the use of biofuel and renewable energy sources was part of a broader effort on the part of the Transportation Ministry to reduce greenhouse emissions and mitigate climate change.

The agreement, he said, is also part of national energy conservation efforts.

Harry said that a ministerial regulation issued by the Minister of Transportation in 2013 stipulated the gradual implementation of aviation biofuel, with a target of three percent usage by 2020.

The regulation also stipulated increased renewable energy usage in airports.

Emirsyah Satar, president director of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, has said that the airline was aiming to convert to aviation biofuels stressed that there were problems with availability and continuity of supply.

Biofuel is produced by living organisms through the process of carbon fixation.

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