PT Bukit Asam is transforming into an energy company to create sustainable businesses and support the Indonesian government’s target of achieving Net Zero Emissions by 2060.

PTBA President Director Arsal Ismail said in a press statement on Monday that PT Bukit Asam was accelerating the energy transition process. sustainable development to increase the company’s contribution in supporting national energy security.

PTBA carries out various business transformation strategies to achieve these targets, such as increasing the portfolio of new renewable energy-based power plants and developing coal downstreaming into dimethyl ether (DME).

In terms of mining operations, there are two main programs implemented, namely Eco Mechanized Mining and E-Mining Reporting System.

In the Eco Mechanized Mining program, the company replaces mining equipment that uses fossil fuels with electricity.

While in the E-Mining Reporting System program, Bukit Asam utilizes a production reporting platform in real time and online so as to minimize conventional monitoring with vehicles and reduce fuel use.

Not only that, Bukit Asam is also aggressively implementing a carbon management program, an integration program to reduce carbon emissions in the company’s mining operations.

Some of the carbon management efforts carried out are reclamation, decarbonization of mining operations, and CCUS studies.

Related to this CCUS study, Bukit Asam is also holding a decarbonization technology competition that focuses on innovation in the field of carbon reduction and CCUS with the title Bukit Asam Innovation Award 2022 Greenovator Indonesia.

The competition is run to produce innovations related to decarbonization technology in the mining sector, especially coal, to create affordable, reliable, sustainable energy.

In addition, PTBA in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and Mining Industry Indonesia (MIND ID) held a Workshop on The 3rd Energy Transition Working Group Meeting – Parallel Event G20 Presidency of Indonesia with the theme “The Role of Coal Industry Towards Energy Transition and Circular Economy” in Bali, Monday (29/8).

Energy transition is one of the priority issues in Indonesia’s G20 Presidency in 2022 with the main focus on access, technology, and funding.

The use of post-mining land is expected to be not only environmentally friendly, but also in accordance with the needs of the local community.