From Quarry to ‘Educational Forest’
In 2011, we began to convert our former Cibadak Quarry area into an Educational Forest; a protected forest area to help sustain local communities, tourism, and studies by academics and schoolchildren .
An interdepartmental team led by Human Wicaksono, Cibadak Quarry Rehabilitation Project Manager, began work rehabilitating the 76-hectare quarry, breaking up boulders, backfilling and levelling land and planting a cover crop to add soil fertility and prevent erosion.
At meetings with community leaders it was agreed that trees would be planted for fuel, timber and rubber to provide income to residents. The Narogong Community Relations team introduced water infrastructure to residential areas, sourcing and piping ground water from the mine.
At the same time, experts from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) were called in study the possibility of Cibadak becoming a “Holcim Educational Forest.”
“IPB had already helped us prepare the Mine Closure plan, and we also knew about their success creating the Gunung Walat managed community Educational Forest nearby,” explained Widya Paramita (Mita), Corporate Environment Officer.
Holcim’s Board of Directors gave budget approval for the concept in 2011, and the team signed a memorandum of understanding to work with IPB in December. “This is groundbreaking work,” Mita says. “An educational forest from a former mine site will be a first for Indonesia.”
Secured The Green Industry Title
Holcim Indonesia’s commitment to perform as environmentally friendly company, is once again acknowledged by the Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry with the Green Industry Award 2014 in Jakarta, 15 October 2014.
Holcim received this award for the fourth consecutive year since 2011. Let’s improve even more to achieve better performance and continue delivering promises to our stakeholders!
Opportunity on the Doorstep
Following approval from the Executive Board of the UNFCCC, Holcim Indonesia has for some years operated the largest single clean development mechanism project in Indonesia in terms of the volume of CO2 emissions saved. But this is more than a story of emissions reductions and certificates attained: it is also a story of improved economic opportunities for people at the micro end of the economy .
The Micro Level
Loaded high with bagged rice husks, Afnanuddin's 8-tonne truck stops at the security gate to Holcim Indonesia's Narogong plant in West Java. Documentation and cargo are checked before the vehicle is permitted entry and can proceed to the weighbridge. He comments, ‘Fifty per cent of my transporting business revolves around Holcim: initially moving pallets and bagged cement, but more recently, supplying 500 tonnes of agricultural waste each month.' He waits at the Holcim unloading shed while biomass quality control officers measure the moisture content of this latest consignment.
With Holcim Indonesia's increased use of agricultural waste as a substitute for coal, Afnanuddin was able to double his business capacity from two to four trucks. Multiple micro enterprises supply the two Holcim Indonesia cement plants with rice husks, saw dust and palm kernel shells.
'When Holcim offered me a fixed contract for delivering 500 tonnes of farm waste a month,' Afnanuddin related. 'it gave me the security of a fixed income and the confidence and opportunity to expand my business further by hiring six additional trucks. With this extra capacity, I hope to upgrade my contract with Holcim to the higher paying 1,000-tonne a month contract.'
Refining the Process
The practicalities of sourcing agricultural waste have not been without hurdles. ‘Rather than engage local logistics companies to source for us, we realized that the economic opportunity offered would have greater impact and appeal at the micro level,' explained Wilman Husnuldoni, Biomass Field Officer. 'Communication with local villagers was initially achieved through banners offering cash for rice husks and we set up the Holcim Biomass Sourcing Team.'
Holcim’s new Biomass Field Officers meet face to face with local farmers and villagers to develop trust and dialogue. The community has responded warmly to this economic opportunity on their doorstep.
'To regulate the intake of biomass, we devised a contract-system,' explained Wilman: 500 to 1,000-tonnes a month, and a contract for small irregular deliveries. Biomass Officers, briefed by the Production team, inform the suppliers how much stock is required, and the suppliers arrange their schedules to meet that demand.' This system not only guarantees supply for Holcim and fixed payment for the micro transport enterprises, but guarantees work for the informally employed truck drivers and loaders working for the transporters.
Holcim Indonesia is the first of the Holcim Group to receive UNFCCC approval for the substitution of fossil fuels by alternative fuels in a cement plant. Vincent Aloysius, Geocycle Country Manager: ' We expect to save an average of 500,000 tonnes of CO2 each year - making our project the largest single CDM in Indonesia in terms of tonnes of CO2 emissions saved.'
'There is much to do before we can reach our CO2 reduction targets,' continued Vincent.'
The Clean Development Mechanism is designed to help industrialized countries reach their greenhouse gas emission targets through investing in sustainable development projects in developing countries. Benefits to participants include greater operational efficiency, closer community relations, healthier local environments, and a stronger reputation for being a responsible company with green investors and shareholders. Holcim Indonesia has reduced emissions by 16% since measurement began in 2003.