Indonesia Reportedly Signing Euro4 Regulation

KEMENTERIAN LINGKUNGAN HIDUP DAN KEHUTANANJAKARTA— Indonesian Government reportedly signed a regulation on standard fuel Euro4. The signing was done by the Minister of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) Ms Siti Nurbaya Bakar. And the news circulated in the mass media of The Jakarta Post, citing confirmation from Ministry spokesman KLHK Mr Jati Witjaksono on Tuesday, 28 March 2017.

The regulation on the implementation of the Euro4 fuel standard will become the legal basis for the implementation of regulations requiring the use of fuel with specifications in accordance with Euro4 standard. At this time Indonesia still stuck using a standard Euro2 since 2005.

Indonesia should make the leap to the Euro4 standard without first applying Euro3. This step is to immediately adjust to other countries, especially those export destinations of Indonesia-made cars that had long since abandoned Euro2. For diesel fuel, one of the requirements in order to meet the Euro4 standard is the content of sulfur that should not exceed the threshold of 50 parts per million (ppm).

Quoting Mr Jati Witjaksono, The Jakarta Post reported that the regulation is signed on 10 March 2017. He added that this regulation will take effect immediately. Earlier, it was reported GAIKINDO estimates that the implementation of Euro4 in Indonesia will take place in 2019. If this Euro4 later is introduced, in Indonesia there is no more fuel types with registered gasoline octane number (RON) in petrol with RON 92. Examples of fuels below 92 is Premium (88) and Pertalite (90), both produced by Pertamina, and contain high amounts of lead metal.

The use of diesel fuel with a sulfur content below 500 ppm and gasoline fuel with low lead content is a demand of the international community with the aim of reducing air pollution levels. Some neighbouring countries— Singapore and Malaysia— have already stepped on the adoption of Euro5. (*)