From Mangroves to Waste for Climate Change Mitigation
Probolinggo, October 4, 2022 – PT Paiton Energy and POMI utilize mangroves and waste to mitigate climate change. These efforts are accompanied with the community welfare improvement through the Tourism Village program.
In an effort to preserve the coastal environment as well as mitigate climate change, Paiton Energy and POMI planted 3,000 mangrove trunks at Grinting Beach, Probolinggo Regency, East Java, on September 2, 2022.
Mangrove plants have many leaves so that they have the potential to absorb more carbon than other plants. It has been researched that one hectare of mangrove forest can absorb 110 kilograms of carbon.
The planting of 3,000 mangroves at Grinting Beach is a participation and collaboration between Paiton Energy - POMI and the Grinting community, which is facilitated by HKTI Women Farmers Kab. Probolinggo.
Chief Financial Officer of Paiton Energy, Bayu Widyanto said the activity was a company program in the field of environment and climate change mitigation. "The company wants to increase awareness of the Grinting community towards the potential of natural resources (mangrove forests) that must be protected and preserved," said Bayu.
In addition to actively planting mangroves, Paiton Energy - POMI also mitigates climate change through the Waste to Energy (WTE) PLTSa Project which was inaugurated in December last year.
The Waste to Energy PLTSa project is the result of a collaboration between Paiton Energy and the Parangtopo Laboratory of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Indonesia (FMIPA UI). This PLTSa became one of the flagship programs so that it was featured in the UI 2022 Community Service and Empowerment Program Launching on August 15, 2022. Then on September 20, 2022, the Parangtopo Laboratory Open House was held at the University of Indonesia, Depok, West Java.
Chief Financial Officer of PT Paiton Energy, Bayu Widyanto said the collaboration between UI and Paiton Energy was based on the 7th, 12th and 13th Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely affordable clean energy; responsible consumption and production; and tackling climate change. UI and PT Paiton Energy try to handle waste from the smallest scale, which is in the UI campus.
“Through collaboration with the Parangtopo Laboratory of FMIPA UI, we donated 8 units of bio digester for the management of up to 2 tons of waste. The output of this activity is the creation of a waste power plant that can generate 234 kilowatt hours of electricity, produce solid and liquid fertilizers, and reduce carbon emissions by 187 tons of CO2/year,” said Bayu.
Guyangan Tourism Village
Paiton Energy and POMI's efforts to mitigate climate change are also accompanied with efforts to improve community welfare through the Tourism Village program.
On September 25, Paiton Energy- POMI launched the Guyangan Tourism Village in Probolinggo, East Java. The goal is to revive the village economy after the COVID-19 pandemic through the opening of the Jaran Goyang waterfall tourist village.
Guyangan Village is a tourism village assisted by Paiton Energy - POMI CSR with a conservation-based community empowerment program, namely the Spring Protection Program (Program Perlindungan Mata Air-PERMATA).
The inauguration of the Tourism Village was carried out in the form of signing an inscription by the Deputy Regent of Probolinggo, Drs. HA. Timbul Prihanjoko accompanied by the Chair of the East Java Provincial DPRD, and the Guyangan Village Government.
Human Resources Manager of POMI, Rochman Hidayat said that through the launch of the Guyangan Tourism Village, the Company wanted to introduce, as well as provide education to the public about the importance of preserving the environment. "The company is trying to invite people to care about the environment by planting trees and coaching to increase the capacity of the Guyangan Village community," said Rochman.
Guyangan Village has more than one waterfall, including Jaran Goyang Waterfall, Dewi Rengganis Waterfall, and Batu Chain Waterfall. In the future, a waterfall power plant can be built at that location.
Other natural potentials are Spring Blue and Batu Petapan. For its beautiful natural potential, Guyangan Tourism Village was named the winner of One Village One Destination (OVOD) in Probolinggo Regency in 2019.
Paiton Energy has implemented its CSR program since 2000 which was designed annually and monitored by the Community Development Committee. The programs are categorized into three focuses, namely supporting the sustainability of Companies (power plant), socio-economic sustainability, and energy and environmental sustainability.