Environmental Preservation

Commitment And Policies Related To The Environment

Indocement strongly believes that a company will not be sustainable if it does not bear responsibility for the environment. Therefore, the Company always ensures the management of environmental impacts in every operational activity. The Company is committed to reducing its environmental footprint by implementing more environmentally friendly operations. Furthermore, the Company also has a commitment to harmonizing operational activities with environmental sustainability. 

The Company always ensures that every activity can have an impact as positive as possible on the environment, especially in achieving the sustainable development goals, which is realized through the Company’s participation in environmental preservation activities.

Indocement’s commitment to environmental preservation as outlined in the Company’s policy, which is signed by the President Director of Indocement. The policy includes:

  1. Actual efforts to save natural resources;
  2. Conserving biodiversity;
  3. Conserving energy;
  4. Preventing environmental pollution

Main Activities Related to the Environment

1.    Carbon Emission Control

Indocement has implemented a blended cement project and an alternative fuel project within the framework of a clean development mechanism (CDM). In addition, Indocement has also made product innovations by introducing cement products with lower clinker content (portland composite cement/PCC), so that CO2 is produced far less. In one ton of cement between OPC and PCC, the difference in CO2 produced can reach 200–250kg.

Indocement also continues to increase the use of alternative materials, both in the form of hazardous and toxic waste (B3) and non-B3 and waste from other industries. The use of this alternative material can also reduce the amount of CO2 produced in the cement production process.

2.    Greenhouse Gas Control

The Company fully supports the efforts to continue to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as stipulated in Presidential Regulation No. 61/2011 on Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas and Presidential Regulation No. 71/2011 on Recording to Implement National GHG Inventories related to GHG Emissions.

One of the initiatives performed by the Company to control GHG emissions is to increase the use of alternative fuels and mixed cement projects. This initiative has received recognition from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Indocement became the first company in Southeast Asia to receive certified emission reductions (CER) for alternative fuel projects in 2008.

Indocement is the first pioneer in the cement industry sector that applies a Continuous Industrial Emission Monitoring Information System (SISPEK) to ensure reliable and objective data. Data is sent online to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry through a continuous emission monitoring scheme.

3.    Dust Emission Control

The Company has specifically taken several steps to reduce dust emissions, including the installation of bag filters to replace electrostatic precipitators (EP). Filter bag installations have been carried out in stages since 2015 throughout all factories. The bag filter installation at all factories is planned to be completed in 2023.

Bag filters are more effective in capturing dust emissions. The amount of dust emission can drop to below 20 mg/Nm3, lower than the use of EP with an average of 50 mg/Nm3. This figure is far below the cement industry emission-quality standard of 60 mg/Nm3. The Company also controls dust by planting trees in the vicinity of the factory, which functions as a windbreaker or shelterbelt.

4.    Energy Control

The main energy used by the Company is fossil energy, in this case, fuel oil (BBM) and coal. The Company strives to continue to reduce the use of fossil energy by using alternative fuels and renewable energy.

Currently, the Company has entered into an agreement with PT Jabar Bersih Lestari as the manager of Lulut Nambo Disposal and Final Processing Site in Lulut Nambo, Bogor Regency, to use refuse-derived fuel (RDF) produced from TPPAS as a substitute for coal. However, until the end of 2020, TPPAS Nambo had not yet produced RDF.

5.    Waste Management

Indocement has a waste management policy for hazardous waste and non-hazardous waste and establishes standard waste management procedures based on its characteristics. This aims to ensure that waste management in all areas of the Company’s operations is well planned and monitored regularly, in a timely manner, and is continuously evaluated.

The Company has obtained a Hazardous Waste Utilization Permit from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, namely: for Citeureup Factory;

  • No. SK 518/MenLH-Setjen/2015 in conjunction with Decree of Minister of Environment and Forestry No. SK 288/MenLHSetjen/PLB3/6/2018 for Citeureup Factory 
  • No. SK 400/MenLHSetjen/2015 in conjunction with Decree of Minister of Environment and Forestry No. SK 355/MenLH-Setjen/PLB33/8/2018 for Cirebon Factory
  • No. SK 381/MenLH-Setjen/5/2016 in conjunction with Decree of Minister of Environment and Forestry No. SK 380/MenLHSetjen/PLB3/9/2018 for Tarjun Factory

6.    Use of Environmental Friendly and Recyclable Material

Indocement uses alternative materials such as copper slag, bottom ash, fly ash, and granulated blast furnace slag as alternative materials for cement production. The use of these materials not only reduces CO2 emissions but reduces the volume of hazardous waste.

Indocement also uses alternative fuels from biomass in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions. The alternative fuels used are palm shells and sawdust which are considered CO2-neutral. The use of biomass as an alternative fuel has been adjusted to the CDM framework in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol.

7.    Greening and Environmental Conservation

Indocement is committed to undertaking a reclamation and afforestation program at the Company’s operational and mining locations. To reduce the negative impacts on biodiversity, the Company plans, implements, and rehabilitates mining areas based on the Regulation of Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources No. 7 of 2014 and based on a number of environmental documents, such as environmental impact assessment (AMDAL), environmental management plan/environmental monitoring plan (RKL/RPL), RKAB, reclamation plan documents, and quarterly reports.

Reclamation activities consist of land management (regrading), planting (revegetation), erosion and sedimentation control as well as plant maintenance. To restore the land condition back to normal, reclamation activities also consider the local biodiversity conservation programs.

8.    CSR Activities for Sustainable Environment

Indocement has a number of activities related to the environment, which are carried out continuously, among others:

  • Eco-Friendly Village
  • Climate Village Program
  • Cilengkrang Inspiration Village
  • Adiwiyata School Program
  • Tegal Panjang, a Living Laboratory on Ex-Mining Field
  • Indocement Wildlife Education Center (IWEC)
  • Energy Crops Program
  • Community-Based Waste Management
  • Waste to Energy Program
  • Mangrove Conservation Program
  • Indobatik Ciwaringin

A complete explanation of CSR Activities for Sustainable Environment can be read on Indocement Annual Report and Sustainability Report.