The First Step Toward Green Independence: Environmental Action Towards a Waste-Free Indonesia 2025

Situbondo, August 16, 2023 - As part of a series of activities to celebrate Indonesia's Independence Day this year, 2023, and as a first step towards achieving the Waste-Free Indonesia 2025 target, PT Paiton Energy (PE) and PT Paiton Operation & Maintenance Indonesia (POMI) held an anticipatory action in handling climate change through Coastal Clean Up activities. This activity is also an important momentum in socializing the importance of household waste management and the use of environmentally friendly products that involve participation from various communities.

This time the beach cleanup was held on July 29, 2023, at the coastal fish auction site (TPI) of Besuki Subdistrict, Situbondo Regency, East Java.

This beach cleanup activity is to increase public awareness of environmental cleanliness and create mutual awareness to the community that the waste in coastal areas brought a negative impact on the development of marine biota and ecosystems.  While preserving marine biota and ecosystems is one of the keys to mitigating climate change.

Deputy Regent of Situbondo Nyai Hj. Khoirani, S.Pd., M.H. said that the importance of preserving nature for future generations is a joint commitment of the government and community to protect the environment properly. “The Situbondo government fully supports the Indonesia Zero Waste program,” she said.

Senior Chemist and Environmental Engineer of PT POMI Erwan Yulianto said beach cleanup activities play an important role in preserving the environment and marine ecosystems. Each individual also has full responsibility for their waste management to reduce environmental pollution.

This Coastal Clean Up activity that successfully collected 7.5 tons of waste was involving various parties, including the Deputy Regent of Situbondo, Management of PT PE and POMI, Situbondo Regency Environment Office, Banyuglugur Sub-District Head, Chairperson of TP-PKK Situbondo, Chairperson of DWP Situbondo, Besuki Police Chief, Danramil Besuki, Banyuglugur Waste Bank Community, Students, Educational Institutions, and the public. In addition, volunteers and environmental activist communities, such as the Scouts, Banyuglugur Waste Bank community, and MTSN 1 Probolinggo, also played an active role in this action. Through close collaboration, this activity became a meaningful first step in advancing the vision of a Waste-Free Indonesia 2025 while celebrating the spirit of independence.

Indonesia Climate Change Expo & Forum 2023

Paiton Energy and POMI also participated in the Indonesia Climate Change Expo & Forum 2023. The Company, among others, socializes household waste treatment and the manufacture of environmentally friendly products involving the community.

The Indonesia Climate Change Expo & Forum 2023, which was held together with the Indonesia Youth Climate Summit on July 6-9, 2023 in Surabaya, East Java, is Indonesia's largest climate change forum. This activity is an information and socialization forum for all climate change stakeholders.

Chief Financial Officer of PT Paiton Energy Bayu Widyanto said community involvement is essential in addressing climate change because the community will be the first affected and be the first to respond to the impacts.

"Anticipatory actions of the community and all parties in the form of mitigation and adaptation are the keywords to anticipate the impacts of climate change. This is recognized as the main solution to reduce the impact of climate change," said Bayu Widyanto.

At the Indonesia Climate Change Expo & Forum 2023, PE-POMI also promoted several sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs implemented to build young people awareness, building and a shared learning event for all parties, among others;

●    Diapers To The Pot: From Waste to Best

This innovative program aims to reduce the impact of disposable diaper waste on the environment. PE-POMI collaborates with local communities to recycle diaper waste into plant pots.

●    Ecobrick

PE-POMI seeks to reduce plastic pollution by ecobricking. Ecobricks are an eco-friendly method or practice where hard-to-recycle plastic is tightly packed into plastic bottles that are also densely packed to make "bricks" that can be used in construction. The goal is to reduce plastic waste that pollutes the environment.

●    Sustainable Product

PE-POMI displays its Sustainable Product program that encourages the development of sustainable products from local materials and waste products.
Human Resources Manager of PT Paiton Energy Rochman Hidayat said PE-POMI's participation in this event is a real contribution as part of the commitment to low-carbon development and efforts to prevent global temperature rise below 2°C.

"The company really appreciates this event which provides an opportunity for communities and young people to discuss and exchange opinions on climate change issues," he said.

Paiton Energy will continue to enhance its positive environmental impact through sustainable business practices and continuous environmental performance improvement initiatives. The Company synergizes its climate change management activities through the Paiton bErsiNERGY Program.
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.



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