Jakarta: After formalizing the mandatory use of biodiesel 30 percent (B30), President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo wants to accelerate the B40 program next year and B50 program in 2021.
In his remarks during the launch of B30 policy, Jokowi said that the acceleration must be made in order to reduce fuel imports which are still high. By mixing diesel fuel with palm oil, it will make diesel fuel imports lower.
"For me, B30 is not enough. I will order it again next year B40. Then B50 in 2021," Jokowi said at the Pertamina gas station on MT Haryono Street, East Jakarta on Monday, December 23, 2019.
Moreover, Jokowi said, Indonesia is the largest palm oil producer in the world. By consuming it domestically, it is no longer possible for Indonesia to be pressured by a country which has so far considered Indonesian palm oil to have a negative impact.
"Do we want to get out of the import regime or not? Because of this, the request for B30 to B100 must continue to be developed," he said.
On the same occasion, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) Erick Thohir said that the implementation of B30 became the second big leap in the energy sector after PT Pertamina (Peraero) had officially taken over the majority ownership and management of PT Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama's petrochemical refinery (PT. TPPI).
The two big leaps are aimed at reducing the Current Account Deficit (CAD), which is caused by large oil and gas imports.