Indonesia Not to Neglect Development of Bio-fuel Industry.

Jakarta, 20 March 2014 – Lobby Lounge, Grha Bimasena

The stakeholders of the bio-fuel industry in Indonesia will urge the new government, after the 2014 elections, to give priority to the development of bio-fuel as a solution to overcome the energy crisis in the country.
This urgent appeal was expressed at a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with the theme “Uncover the Constrains of the Bio-fuel Development as a Solution for the Energy Crisis”, organized by Bimasena, the Mines and Energy Society, chaired by Prof. DR. Subroto and attended by 40 stakeholders of the bio-fuel industry in the country.

After the discussions Subroto, known as the foremost senior on energy matters, expressed this appeal of the meeting in a ‘Bimasena Communiqué’.
The main points are suggestions and urgent requests for the Government and all the stakeholders to be aware of “Yes we have an energy crisis, it is real and becoming worse, but we have as a solution, blessed by Indonesia’s natural resources, an available abundance of bio-fuel from palm oil”, he concluded at the press conference at Bimasena.

The Bimasena Communiqué covers several basic thoughts as follows:

  1. Urge the new government after the 2014 election, to establish a protective law for the ENERGY CRISIS Indonesia is facing;
  2. Suggest a short term plan solution, optimizing palm cultivation as a basic commodity for bio-diesel already available in abundance in Indonesia.
  3. Push development and cultivation of various bio-fuel producing plant species as a source of bio-fuel, as a long-term plan solution, such as: Pongam, Kemiri Sunan, Nimba, Nyamplung and Kapuk Randu, Nipan, Aren, Algae.
  4. Urge the government to establish an attractive price policy on bio-diesel and other bio-fuel products for all the stakeholders (the producers and consumers alike).
  5. Push optimizing the use of abandoned land space giving priority to development of various bio-fuel plants with always paying attention to balance the availability of land space for food producing plants and sustainability of the environment.
  6. Assert the involvement of small farmers (small holders) as subjects in the development of bio-fuel industry as a means to eradicate poverty and increase the prosperity of the farmers.
  7. Urge the government to create an attractive investment climate in the form of fiscal and tax incentives, single window service, arrange bio-fuel investment permits and support easy bio-fuel industry infrastructure in the country.
  8. Urge the government to synchronies the various central government regulations with the regulations of the regional government to support the development of bio-fuel industry.
  9. Support development of a bio-fuel roadmap to cover among others an “energy garden” concept to synergize BUMN, private investors, related ministries and the people (public, people, private partnership).
  10. To form a working group as a partner of the government to give input for the formation of a draft academic government regulation, or a law to cover related to ACCELERATION OF BIOFUEL INDUSTRY.

For more information please contact:
Michael Sumarijanto
Vice Chairman Bimasena

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