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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's two presidential candidates pledged to achieve energy self-sufficiency by boosting the use of bioenergy, particularly fuelled by palm oil, to cut costly oil imports by Southeast Asia's biggest economy. Indonesia, the world's biggest palm oil producer, has been pushing for all diesel fuel used in the country to contain biodiesel to boost palm consumption, slash fuel imports, and narrow a yawning current account gap.In a televised election debate, President Joko Widodo said if he won a second term the government planned to implement a B100 programme, referring to ...

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First Published: Mon, February 18 2019. 12:52 IST
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