Government: Optimism to Positive B35

Government: Optimism to Positive B35

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The government is optimist that biodiesel mixture to diesel up to 35% or B35 would have positive response in many indicators such as, economy, social, and environment, just like the previous program, B30.

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resource, Arifin Tasrif told at press about Capaian Kinerja Tahun 2022 dan Program Kerja Kementerian ESDM Tahun 2023 in Jakarta  (30/1). B35 could minimize diesel imports and save exchange up to Rp 161,25 trillion. It could also reduce green-house gas (GHG) emission up to 34,9 million tons CO2e.

Coordinator Minister in Economy, Airlangga Hartarto told that B35 is the form of government to solve climate crisis. “GHG emission reduction would accelerate clean, sustainable, and inclusive energy significantly and encourage investment to realize zero net emission,” he said when opening a Energy Corner Special-B35 Implementation – talk-show in Jakarta (31/1/2023).

Meanwhile General Director of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conversion Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resource, Dadan Kusdiana told that the implementation of B35 has covered many aspects, such as, the power of vehicle, machine, material, lubricants, combustion, emission, and the product outcome of B35. It is recommended to be applied.

The preparation until it is ready to launch, Dadan continued, involved many parties by conducting open, transparent, and objective studies. Indonesia also increased the mixture of FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) to diesel without pilot project because in many countries, the mixture just reaches about 10 percent only. “What Indonesia is doing is that the evidence of togetherness to implement technology. The program runs in phase and for the future,” Dadan said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT recently.

Chairman of Gabungan Industri Kendaraan Bermotor Indonesia (Gaikindo), Yohanes Nagoi told that B35 is not standard with Euro 4 emission. In fact, emission standard had been running to many diesel vehicles in Indonesia since April 2022.

Yohanes continued, start in 2022, according to the regulation of Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the vehicles which were assembled in Indonesia should fulfill Euro 4 standards, including the fuel and also the exhaust. Then in every year, 230 thousand to 300 thousand diesel vehicles were sold in this country. The numbers were taken from the average selling of diesel vehicle that represented 23 percent of total four – vehicle selling in Indonesia.

“In 5 to 6 years, about 3 million diesel vehicles should be substituted by b35 and would need to get Euro 4 standards,” Nagoi said, as quoted from Antara.  (T2)