Pertamax Subsidy Back on the Table to Address Pollution

Before, due to people’s lack of interest in Pertamax fuel, there had been a motion raised to subsidize the fuel. Now, the same policy is being proposed once again, though this time it’s to reduce the all-time high pollution.

Ibeth Nurbaiti

30 Agt 2023 - 19.19
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Pertamax Subsidy Back on the Table to Address Pollution

Pertamax Green 95, fuel mixed with 5 percent bioethanol at a gas station in Jakarta./Bisnis-Nyoman Ary Wahyudi.

Bisnis, JAKARTA — The motion to subsidize Pertamax fuel resurfaces, despite it being put on the back burner after the government designated Pertalite as a Special Task Fuel (JBKP).

Previously, the idea of subsidizing RON 92 Pertamax fuel was raised to encourage its use as the primary fuel in society, allowing the price of Pertalite to be determined by market mechanisms. Now, a similar discourse has emerged, citing the reduction of air pollution as its justification.

While both aims are focused on encouraging a shift to Pertamax, the use of higher-octane RON fuel is believed to effectively reduce air pollution in Jakarta, which has recently reached an all-time high.

Saleh Abdurrahman, a member of the Regulatory Agency for Downstream Oil and Gas (BPH Migas), said that subsidizing Pertamax would support the government's efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. The use of higher-octane Pertamax compared to Pertalite is expected to result in lower emissions. “The better the fuel quality, the lower the pollution, and we encourage people to use higher RON fuels,” said Saleh on Monday (8/28/2023).

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