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JAKARTA, June 3 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s consumption of
biodiesel fell 8.2% in the first four months of 2021 compared to
the same period last year, data from the country’s producers’
association showed, as transportation demand remained muted due
to the coronavirus pandemic.
Domestic consumption of biodiesel was 2.669 million
kilolitres in the January to April period, down from 2.907
million kilolitres last year, according to the Indonesian
biodiesel producers’ association (Aprobi).
“Transportation movement has still not recovered to 2019
levels,” Paulus Tjakrawan, vice chairman of Aprobi told Reuters.
Biodiesel output however, edged 1.4% higher in January-April
to 2.95 million kilolitres, compared to a year earlier.
Meanwhile, exports were 16,637 kilolitres, the data showed,
more than seven times higher than last year.
Indonesia is the world’s biggest producer of palm oil, and
its government has mandated that diesel must be blended with at
least 30% of the edible oil.
Indonesia expects to consume 9.6 million kilolitres of
biodiesel in 2022, up from the 9.2 million kilolitres targeted
for this year, official data showed in April.
By 2030, the data estimates the country will consume 14
million kilolitres of biofuel.
(Reporting by Bernadette Christina Munthe; Writing by Fathin
Editing by Ed Davies)
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