Can Biodiesel Damage Your Car?

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Biodiesel is a renewable and clean-burning fuel that is made from organic materials, such as vegetable oil. Biofuels are considered a more economical and sustainable alternative compared with energy sources that rely on fossil fuels. It produces less toxic pollutants and greenhouse gases than petroleum diesel.

The biodiesel program in Indonesia has been escalated since 2016 starting with the B20 biodiesel as one of many strategies to cut oil imports and lower carbon dioxide emissions. Now, the government has rekindled plans to escalate Indonesia’s biodiesel program after a five-month hiatus to produce first-ever 40 percent mixed biodiesel (B40). But, is it safe enough to use biodiesel for your car?

Most blended biofuels with a low concentration are perfectly safe to use as long as it’s in any car or engine that is using diesel. If properly maintained, biofuel can increase the lubrication of the engine system, helping it to run smoother and increase efficiency. Vehicles that run on biodiesel achieve a 30% fuel economy than petroleum-based diesel engines, which means it makes fewer trips to gas stations and runs more miles per gallon.

When it comes to environmental benefits, biofuels are considered a much greener alternative to petrol and diesel, because they’re made from more sustainable energy sources. The so-called sustainability criteria require that the biofuel must provide tangible reductions in CO2 emissions, and that production of the fuel will not affect biodiversity or displace food production. Biodiesel can work as an alternative form of fuel and can reduce our dependence on foreign suppliers of oil as it is produced from domestic energy crops, as well.