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Vehicles in Bogor using biodiesel

February 27, 2008

Public buses and garbage trucks in Bogor (Indonesia) are being powered by biodiesel produced from using cooking oil.

A program developed by the Bogor Heritage Foundation, starting with only 2,000 litres of biodiesel per month, the program is now fueling the Foundation’s fleet.

Additionally, 10 Trans Pakuan buses of the Bogor-owned transportation services company, Hari Harsono, are operating using biodiesel.  As the company is planning to operate another 20 buses in the future, the company is hoping that the city administration will build a fuel station for the distribution of the biodiesel product.

The ICLEI Japan Office invited Bogor city administrators and the Heritage Foundation to Kyoto City (Japan) last month to further discuss the program.  Kyoto City has an active biodiesel program.  Since 1998, biodiesel processing plants in Kyoto City have been producing five tons of fuel per day.  The Kyoto City administration collects used cooking oil from homes, restaurants and hotels, with private companies turning it into biodiesel.   The product is then sold for approximately $US 1 (120 yen) per litre.

Private and commercial vehicles are a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.  Reducing vehicle use and using alternative forms of transportation and alternative fuels are some approaches to reducing these vehicular emissions.  For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Bogor is one of seven local governments in Indonesia that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Indonesia, please visit www.iclei.org/seasia.

Source:  “Used cooking oil no longer going down Bogor’s drains”, The Jakarta Post, 19 February 2008.