November 26, 2021 | 2021

Thohir urges SOE industrial estates to help realize green economy

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Thohir urges SOE industrial estates to help realize green economy

State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has encouraged SOE industrial estates to support the realization of the green economy so that they can not only make an economic impact, but also help preserve nature.

“The previous G20 Summit and the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) emphasized all countries implement a green global supply chain and economy,” he noted while inaugurating an integrated waste treatment facility (FPLT) at the Medan Industrial Estate (KIM) complex, Deli Serdang District, North Sumatra, on Thursday.

The concept of a green economy, which will guide Indonesia’s future development, requires support and concrete steps for its acceleration, he said.

“Carbon emissions continue to be a concerning issue. Hence, we keep encouraging industrial areas to create breakthroughs in waste management, water, and renewable energy,” the minister said.

Large-scale industries, such as the ones operating in the KIM complex, generate a large amount of hazardous and toxic (B3) waste, Thohir noted.

Hence, they need partnerships for managing waste so that it does not pollute the environment, he added.

The KIM complex, which was established 32 years ago, is one of the largest industrial estates on Sumatra Island.

The area is managed by PT. KIM, a state-owned company that provides industrial area management services. Currently, it has 554 industrial partners, of which 43 are large-scale industries.

In the near future, the company will also add facilities for an integrated processing unit, comprising an incinerator, a B3 wastewater treatment plant, a B3 waste collection and utilization facility, spent bleach earth extraction, distillation of used lubricating oil, and an environmental laboratory, the minister informed.

“In addition, we will also connect the industrial area with the port to facilitate logistics mobility and also reduce shipping costs; thus, the items manufactured by the industries in KIM can have value added, which will help them to compete,” Thohir added.