Indonesia's government plans to expand biodiesel subsidies to cover consumption of palm oil-blended fuels by the mining sector this year as part of ambitious plans to develop the energy source, an energy ministry official said on Thursday (04/01). (Antara Photo/Oky Lukmansyah)

Indonesia Consumed More Than 2 Million Kiloliters of Biodiesel in 2016

BY :RATRI M. SINIWI

NOVEMBER 25, 2016

Nusa Dua. Indonesia has consumed more than 2 million kiloliters of biodiesel in the first nine months of this year, as part of a government program introduced to stabilize prices in the palm oil industry and as an initiative to mitigate climate change.

"Between January and October, Indonesia already consumed 2.16 million kiloliters of biodiesel, or 20.6 percent of the country's monthly requirement," Indonesia Estate Crop Fund president director Bayu Krisnamurthi said in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Friday (25/11).

According to Bayu, less than 7 percent of the 33 million tons of crude palm oil produced this year was used to make biofuel. The government's target for 2020 is 26 percent.

The use of biodiesel has cut 4.3 million tons of carbon dioxide from the country's greenhouse gas emissions this year, while the sector also employed an additional 380,000 people.

In 2015, only 5 percent of Indonesia's energy was obtained from mixed and renewable sources, including biofuels. It is expected to increase to 23 percent by 2030, and 30 percent by 2050.

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