Pertamina to Launch Carpooling to Support Fuel Campaign
Ivan Dasa Saputra
Pertamina Hulu Energi, a subsidiary of state oil and gas firm Pertamina, said it would install a carpool system for its employees, in response to the government’s call on state enterprises to support its fuel saving campaign.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced several new policies on Tuesday evening aimed at reducing subsidized fuel consumption, in a move to limit the cost of the expensive subsidy.
The new policies include the ban on officials and employees of state enterprises from using subsidized fuel for state-owned vehicles they use and a campaign to minimize fuel consumption through reduced use of electricity in government and state enterprises’ offices.
“We’ve also seen how Jakarta’s overcrowded traffic trouble us. That’s why we want to initiate carpooling for trips to and from office,” Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE) president director Salis Aprilian told a press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday.
He said he hoped at least one-third of the company’s employees would take part in the program, under which they would be divided into groups based on where they lived.
Salis said he hoped other companies would follow suit.