Jakarta - Govt Urged to Push for More Use of Biofuel

Experts slammed the government for not being serious in pushing the use of biofuel as an alternative source of energy, with data from the government showing that consumption remained low.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s administration set a quota to blend as much as 4.6 million kiloliters of biofuel with diesel this year. Data from the government, though, showed that nationwide use has yet to meet the targeted quota.

“This has sparked concerns on how serious the government is in implementing the use of biodiesel,” said Iwa Garniwa, the director of energy studies at the University of Indonesia, on Monday. Iwa said that the government could have saved about $3 billion per year had it been serious in promoting the use of biofuel.