Indonesia invests in biomass energy setting 300,000 ha of plantations
Indonesia has announced a challeging target for increasing the share of renewable energy in total energy use to 19% by 2019 and 25% by 2025. At present the share of renewable energy stands at around 5% to 6%.
In this framework, as reported by Fordaq and The Jakarta Post, Indonesian government has adopted a policy on bio-fuel/diesel blending that implies 300,000 ha of plantations for biomass from 2015 to 2019.
Planting trees for biomass energy could contribute in reducing deforestation and restoring the economic, social and environmental function of forests. It could also lead to the restoration of ex-mining, abandoned lands.
Significantly, the deforestation rate on critical lands in Indonesia is estimated to be around 250,000-300,000 ha annually.