Indonesia Considers B30 Biodiesel MandateThursday, July 26, 2018
Indonesia is exploring the possibility of imposing a 30% blending mandate (B30) on biodiesel in order to reduce the country’s stock of both biodiesel and palm oil. According a Jakarta Post report earlier this month, President Joko Widodo had requested the Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto to carry out a study on the production of B30 biodiesel. Increasing the mandate form the current B20 to B30 would increase Indonesian biodiesel consumption by 500,000 tons/year, the minister said.
In 2017, the country’s biodiesel consumption was 2.5 billion liters, far below the 3.5 billion liters projected target for the year. Expanding biodiesel use was necessary as Indonesia faced what Hartarto called “increasing protectionism” in the traditional markets for Indonesia palm oil products.