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Indonesia – Japan Cooperation to Meet Bioenergy Needs

PM Yoshihide And President Jokowi
PM Yoshihide And President Jokowi

JAKARTA – The Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs is in synergy with the Indonesia – Japan Business Network (IJB-Net) to encourage the development of renewable energy (EBT). This collaboration was inaugurated at the Kick Off Meeting on the Work Plan to Meet the Needs of the Bioenergy Market Japanese Jakarta, Tuesday (10/11).

They carry cooperation out in coordinating the preparation of work plans to meet the needs of the bioenergy market in Indonesia, Japan and the world.

The Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto. He explained that the synergy between the two parties aims for Indonesia as a bioenergy producer. Those who are able to supply the needs of Indonesia, Japan and the world. He said in an official statement on Tuesday (10/11).

Airlangga explained that the bioenergy needs of Indonesia, Japan and the world continue to increase. For information, the use of Indonesia’s EBT currently reaches 9.5 percent, while in 2025 it is targeted to be 23 percent and 31 percent in 2050.

With these targets, Airlangga said, the potential for bioenergy development in Indonesia is very large. On the other hand, Indonesia has the potential for abundant land and raw materials. Industrial waste that can processed and human resources (HR) and natural resources (SDA). that support it. “We must continue to encourage this,” he said.

Meanwhile, Japan is targeting the use of NRE for 22-24 percent of all its energy needs by 2030. The country will replace 100 coal-fired power plants (PLTU) with Biomass Power Plants (PLTBm).

Indonesia-Japan Cooperation Will Continue

Japan - Indonesia Relations
Japan – Indonesia Relations

Airlangga said that the Indonesian Government would also continue to improve relations with the Japanese Government. Especially in realizing the cooperation that has initiated through the Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (IJEPA) and others.

The government will continue to strive to maintain the quality and quantity of biomass products. In order to meet the standards required by the Japanese market. “For that, good communication and promotion between Indonesia and Japan needs to be built continuously,” he said.

On various occasions, Airlangga added, President Joko Widodo also highlighted a number of problems that will be faced by Indonesia and globally in the future. One of them is the energy crisis. Related to this, the President of the Republic of Indonesia plans to develop EBT research to reduce dependence on fossil energy.

The need for biofuels (biofuel) for planes, cars and others is also increasing. Indonesia will increase the percentage of biodiesel use from B20 to B30 and continue to increase it again.

Airlangga noted, The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set a target of reducing CO2 emissions in 2050 by 50 percent of the 2005 target. The making of a work plan followed this step at The International Air Transport Association (IATA). Which requires all member airlines to starting to use bio avtur (biofuel for aircraft) with an increasing percentage.

In early 2020, Jokowi also announced that he would stop exporting copra and process it into bioavtur. This is due to the abundance of raw materials in Indonesia and the development of related technologies has started to show results.

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