Reducing Emissions by 30 Percent by 2030, This is Freeport Indonesia’s Strategy

07 July 2022

Mining company PT Freeport Indonesia, or PTFI, is committed to driving a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030. Currently Freeport’s emissions are shrinking by 22 percent, when compared to the year 2018.

“When compared to the year 2016, emission reduction successfully conducted by Freeport has already reached 26 percent,” stated PT Freeport Indonesian Vice President for the Environment, Gesang Setiadi, during a Twenty Talk web seminar with the topic: ‘Sustainable Mission through Emission Reduction’ organized by Kompas Daily, Thursday (7/7).

In order to push said achievement, Gesang stated that the company has deployed a special team to look into opportunities in terms of energy efficiency. Just for an example, by replacing operational machines which are more energy efficient.

“We are in the process of evaluating of replacing the concentrate dryer machine which previously used diesel to now use electricity. What used to be a burning process is now changed to press the concentrate in order to reduce the water content, and that (measure) is, at the same time, able to reduce approximately 16.000 metric tone of carbon emissions per year,” stated Gesang.

Not stopping there, PTFI has also converted coal-fired steam power plants to gas-engine power plants, and subsequently have those gas-engine power plants to be converted to LNG in order to significantly reduce emissions.

“So, our target is to reduce emissions by 30 percent by the year 2030, and which now has already reached 22 percent. In the event it’s possible to successfully convert coal with LNG in 2026-2027, emissions could be reduced by up to 50 percent,” explained Gesang.

Freeport Indonesia President Director, Tony Wenas stated the company is committed to reducing the intensity of greenhouse emissions by the year 2030 and supporting the green economy as part of the government’s target of supporting net zero emissions by the year 2060.

He stated management of the world’s largest underground copper mine represents a crucial part of the energy transition itself. According to him renewable energy which has been actively developed requires more power (copper).

“Such as the Bayu Power Plant, which required 1.5 tons of copper per Mega Watt, and four tons of solar panels per Mega Watt. This is PTFI’s contribution to supporting renewable energy towards net zero,” explained Tony.

In addition to said measures, Freeport also carries out efforts to support the implementation of New Renewable Energy (NRE), such as using used-oil for diesel fuel substance, replacing the fuel of drilling machines, from previously diesel to electricity, and re-forestation by planting over 5.000 trees for carbon sequestration.

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