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Komatsu's Environmental and Social Activities Enhancing Quality of Life

Topics  Biodiesel Fuel (BDF) Project

The Biodiesel Fuel (BDF) Project produces BDF from raw materials such as jatropha and other non-edible plants that can grow on oligotrophic ground at the Adaro Mine on Kalimantan Island in Indonesia. The project is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by fueling Komatsu dump trucks, with a 90 ton load capacity, with BDF instead of light oil. Because BDF is carbon neutral, use of fuel that is comprised of 20% BDF and 80% light oil (B20) can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20%.

Komatsu strives to ensure BDF quality (European Standard EN 14214) through lab analysis and quality assurance, which includes 6,000 hours of real-world car testing with B20.

In addition, Komatsu received a commission to carry out a feasibility study for the establishment of bilateral offset policies ("Study for Policy Proposals and the Establishment of MRV Methodology Regarding Technology Development and Promoting Adoption Biodiesel Fuel (BDF) in Indonesia") as part of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's "2012 Global Warming Mitigation Technology Promotion Project." The feasibility study concluded that after offsetting the CO2 emissions from the BDF refining, CO2 emissions would be reduced by at least 10,000 tons annually (at a scale of 100 dump trucks).

This project has great potential for the development of both country's industries and is an environmental-friendly business model based on sustainable local production for local consumption.