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DiBiCoo Mini-Webinar #2: "Biomethane Development in Indonesia and the European Union: Opportunities, Challenges and Lesson-Learned in the use of Bio-CNG"

The development of biogas processing and purification technology has opened up new opportunities in maximizing the use of biogas. One form of biogas utilization that is being developed in Indonesia is the use of biogas as Bio-CNG. Bio-CNG is a product produced from the biogas purification process from CO2 and H2S content in order to obtain a product with a high concentration of methane (CH4). Bio-CNG has a higher heating value than biogas and has characteristics similar to CNG, so that Bio-CNG has a wider potential for use than biogas. Bio-CNG can be used as a substitute for diesel fuel for PLTD, a substitute for LPG, as a vehicle fuel, and can be injected directly into the CNG grid. In addition, the use of Bio-CNG also greatly contributes to maintaining national energy security, achieving the target of the EBT mix, and reducing the effect of greenhouse gases.

The use and development of Bio-CNG in Indonesia is hindered by several obstacles, namely the absence of a government policy regulating the Bio-CNG business regulation and there are still few industries that develop biogas into Bio-CNG. Currently, Bio-CNG regulations are still in line with the president's regulations and policies regarding the CNG or natural gas business. Currently, the selling price of natural gas in Indonesia ranges from 4.72 - 6.78 USD / MMBTU with an IRR of 12% or 7% in US dollars. More detailed regulations regarding Bio-CNG are needed with the hope of encouraging the development of the business sector and the Bio-CNG producing industry because until now in Indonesia only two provinces, namely East Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan, have the potential to develop Bio-CNG. Bio-CNG development in the two provinces is based on the palm oil industry sector.

Thus, Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) as one of the Think-Tanks active in the field of renewable energy, together with GIZ Munich and 11 international organizations spread across 8 countries in the European Union, Africa and South America, work together to implement the program. "Digital Biogas Global Cooperation (DiBiCoo)". In acknowledgement of all of the points stipulated above, Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) intends to hold a webinar with biogas industry players in Indonesia, especially in the field of biogas processing, to discuss how DiBiCoo can contribute to the improvement of the Bio-CNG industry in Indonesia. Taking into account the speakers involved, this virtual discussion will be held in English, so that the discussion process can run effectively.


  • Share knowledge related to biogas, specifically on its development as bio-CNG in Indonesia and Germany.
  • Highlight and exchange information regarding best practices, obstacles, and challenges faced by biogas actors in developing bio-CNG.
  • Exchange ideas between public, practitioners, academics, and other government / non-government stakeholders.

Time and Platform:
Tuesday, 21th September 2020 at 13:00 - 15:00 PM Western Indonesia Time (UTC +7)
Zoom Meeting Room &  RDI Youtube Live


12.30 - 13.00
Webinar Preparation
13.00 - 13.10
Opening Remarks


Niken Prilandita – RDI Senior Research Fellow

13.10 - 13.15
Remarks from RDI and Introduction of RDI REER Cluster
Elizabeth Rianawati, M.Eng. - Director of RDI
13.15 - 13.35
Session 1 - Lesson-learned from Germany: Development of biogas as biomethane and its usage
Dr. Johannes Anhorn - GIZ
13.35 - 13.55
Session 2 - Regulatory framework in Indonesia related to biogas
Direktur Bioenergi Ditjen EBTKE
13.55 - 14.15
Session 3 - Opportunities and challenges for the bio-CNG market in Indonesia
GIZ ExploRE Indonesia
14.15 - 14.45
Questions & Answers, Discussion
RDI (Moderator)
14.45 - 15.00
Closing Remarks
Moderator and all Speakers RDI (Moderator)
*All subjects and speakers involved in this workshop may change at any time.

Last updated 22 February 2023

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