Minister of Energy, Resources, and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif shared optimism that the use of 40 percent biodiesel (B40) fuel can be implemented in early 2023. B40 means it contains a 40% blend of palm oil-derived biofuel and 60% diesel.
“B40 is ready to be launched in January, inshallah, depending on the test results. We’re optimistic,” said Arifin on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. He said the road test has been carried out since the end of July 2022 and is targeted to end this month.
Based on the results of current monitoring and evaluation, he continued, B40 is believed to answer energy needs and support efforts to reduce vehicle emissions. From the series of trials carried out, the government hoped that the B100 target can be achieved in the future.
According to Arifin, renewable energy sources need to be constantly utilized. Moreover, the energy crisis due to the Russia-Ukraine geopolitical conflict is in sight, not to mention the reduction in oil production by OPEC Plus.
This, he opined, has an impact on two sectors, namely finance and the quantity of fuel. Meanwhile, Indonesia still utilizes fossil fuels for land, air, and sea transportation.
“The financial sector is affected because it has to spend extra funds to get fuel. On the other hand, the quantity supply decreases and causes queues,” said the ESDM Minister.