Indonesia’s state-owned energy company Pertamina has said it will continue to develop bioenergy-based fuels by utilising existing natural resources. Pertamina will use plant-based biomasses – such as sugarcane, corn, cassava and sorghum – to develop bioenergy.
“Our energy will eventually be bioenergy-based, as Indonesia has abundant resources. In India, I met with technology liaisons for bioethanol, and the byproducts can be processed in Indian companies. This is one of the follow-ups that will align our efforts with,” said Nicke Widyawati, president director of Pertamina.
He added that bioenergy development offers a range of benefits in accelerating the energy transition.
“For Pertamina, bioenergy is not only about reducing emissions but also decreasing import dependency and creating job opportunities. When we promote plantations, we increase the absorption of a significant workforce amount,” Nicke continued.
Nicke is the co-chair of the Task Force Energy Climate Energy Sources Efficiency B20 India, and is committed to ensuring the agendas in the B20 Bali and India recommendations continue to be pursued.
There are three crucial aspects to this. The first is procuring sustainable energy. The second is ensuring a fair and affordable energy transition. The third is that, as Indonesia is a developing country with a large workforce, it is important to guarantee that everyone has access to clean, modern, and affordable energy.
“We cannot do it alone; no country can do it alone. Hence, global cooperation is vital. Pertamina itself has initiated several endeavors in the context of global cooperation for energy transition,” Nicke said.
Vice president of corporate communication at Pertamina, Fadjar Djoko Santoso, stated that Pertamina is increasingly dedicated to developing energy transition initiatives following global trends.
“Pertamina is pursuing energy transition to achieve national energy resilience, accessibility, affordability, acceptability and sustainability. In the short term, energy transition will not disrupt energy resilience; on the other hand, it can achieve carbon emission reduction targets,” said Fadjar.