The state-owned sugar producer Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia (RNI) announced another step in a partnership with the state energy company Pertamina and the Japanese automotive manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation to develop renewable energy from elephant grass as part of the government’s mission to reduce the use of fossil fuels. (Antara Photo/Syaiful Arif)

RNI, Pertamina and Toyota Team Up to Develop Renewable Energy

BY :TABITA DIELA

OCTOBER 07, 2016

Jakarta. The state-owned sugar producer Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia announced another step in its partnership with state energy company Pertamina and Japanese car manufacturer Toyota in developing renewable energy from elephant grass.

RNI celebrated the first harvest of elephant grass for its research on Thursday (06/10).

“The discussion for this cooperation started in 2015 and then marked by a memorandum of understanding signing in 2016,” Didik Prasetyo, RNI president director, said in a statement.

The government has set a target of at renewable energy accounting for at least 23 percent of total energy consumption by 2025. Currently, only 13 percent of total usage is renewable, data from the energy ministry shows.

“This is only a first step,” Didik said.

“RNI is open to other sources of renewable energy because the potential of biomass waste from production process on the field and RNI group’s factories is quite massive,” Didik said.

RNI businesses cover agriculture industry, pharmaceutical, medical equipment, retail and distribution with over 12 subsidiaries.

PG Rajawali II, an RNI sugarcane mill based in Cirebon, West Java, has prepared its research center and seven hectare plot of land in Jatitujuh, Majalengka, for the energy research purposes since 2015.

RNI’s subsidiaries, including tea producer Mitra Kerinci, have also developed its own hydroelectric power generation in Liki, South Solok, West Sumatra.

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