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The Embassy of Japan in Indonesia Visited Waste-to-Alternative Fuel Facility at Solusi Bangun Indonesia’s Cement Plant in Narogong, West Java

PT Solusi Bangun Indonesia Tbk (“SBI”), a business unit of PT Semen Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (“SIG”), received a visit from the Embassy of Japan in Indonesia and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Narogong Plant, West Java, Friday (25/2). Held by the Minister for Economic Affairs and Development of the Embassy of Japan in Indonesia, Masato Usui and JICA, the visit aims to witness the waste management technology converting wastes into alternative fuels and raw materials operated by SIG.  

Indonesia is still struggling over urban waste and industrial waste towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals targets. The various initiatives carried out by the government seem not enough yet to deal with this issue. It takes strong and consistent collaboration from stakeholders including businesses in order to create a sustainable environment. 

The President Director of SIG, Donny Arsal said that SIG continues to innovate to provide added values and sustainable benefits for all stakeholders. One of them is circular economy through the use of technology converting wastes into renewable alternative energy. “This technology is a long-term solution to overcome the problem of industrial waste, as well as to help solving domestic waste problems faced by the local government,” said Donny Arsal. 

Sharing the same values and commitment to sustainable development, SBI has established a strategic partnership with a Japanese cement company, Taiheiyo Cement Corporation (TCC). The synergy of SIG, SBI, and TCC, aspires to leverage the company’s contribution to the achievement of the SDGs, through the development of sustainable products and solutions, including the optimization of alternative fuels. SBI’s wastes management business unit, Nathabumi, has become a partner for the government and industries in providing solutions and innovations for sustainable and eco-friendly waste management. In collaboration with the Cilacap Regency government and various stakeholders, SBI initiated the first Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) facility in Indonesia, located in Cilacap, Central Java. In addition, SBI also collaborated with DKI Jakarta Province to use sorted plastic waste from old landfill site of Bantargebang for RDF.

“It is our commitment to contribute to sustainable development and have positive impacts to the environment and society. We initiated and operate the RDF facility in Cilacap, Central Java, as well as co-processing waste management supported with pre-processing facility at the GreenZone facility in Narogong. Our technology ensures all the processed materials can be used without causing any pollution nor residue,” said Lilik Unggul Raharjo, the President Director of SBI. 

Conveyed his appreciation to the strategic partnership between SIG, SBI, and TCC, the Minister for Economic Affairs and Development of the Embassy of Japan in Indonesia, Masato Usui said, “Japan and Indonesia have enjoyed the long history time of cooperation including economic partnership that is not only between governments but also between businesses. The Japanese government has supported such partnership and is supporting what SIG, SBI, and TCC are doing right now. I very much appreciate the cooperation between the companies and look forward to visit your project sites, learn the details and observe how Japanese technology is contributing to circular economy in Indonesia”.

The Integrated Waste Management Facility: GreenZone 

GreenZone is the largest integrated waste pre-processing facility in Southeast Asia owned by PT Solusi Bangun Indonesia Tbk. Operated by its waste management business unit namely Nathabumi, the facility located at the Narogong Plant, West Java, is built on an area of 5.2 hectares and divided into 3 areas capable of managing various types of waste, hazardous and non-hazardous wastes in solid, liquid and gas forms. Accredited ISO 17025 in Waste Laboratory, GreenZone offers services provided by expert technicians in waste analysis and is capable of managing 160,000 tons of waste in capacity per year to be processed as alternative fuel. 

The Co-processing Method in Cement Kiln 

Co-processing is an eco-friendly waste management method using the high and stable temperature of cement kiln up to 1,500°C to destroy wastes without leaving any residue, including industrial waste, materials that do not meet the requirements, expired products and other types of waste that cannot be recycled using common ways.