As a commitment to implementing the circular economy principle, on 8 April 2021, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk collaborated with PT Djarum in deploying asphalt with a mixture of plastic waste in the Djarum factory area in Kudus, Central Java. This plastic asphalt project is the Government of Indonesia’s program through the Ministry of Public Works and Housing which has been promoted in recent years.
The total paving area is 39,000 m2 and utilizes a mixture of 7.1 million pieces of plastic waste. The plastic waste used is plastic shopping bags made from HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), a type commonly used for plastic shopping bags. Djarum and Chandra Asri were also working with the Indonesian Plastic Recycling Association (ADUPI) for the supply of plastic waste used in this project.
On 7 April 2021, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk in collaboration with the Happy Hearts Indonesia Foundation (HHI), inaugurated the construction of a PAUD building that were previously unsuitable for teaching and learning activities in the Serang Regency area. Located in Kamurang Pal Village, Grogol Indah Village, Anyar District, Serang Regency, PAUD Cahaya Bintang has stood firm after going through a rebuilding process for approximately four months. The inauguration was also attended by representatives of the Serang Regency Education Office, HIMPAUDI Anyar District and government officials at the Anyar District and Grogol Indah Village.
Along with the inauguration activity, Chandra Asri also donated books to the PAUD Cahaya Bintang, in line with the Literacy Corner program, which aims to open access to reading for school-age children. The school building of the PAUD Cahaya Bintang, which has now been established, is equipped with supporting facilities and playing facilities for students, as well as proper sanitation facilities, which are expected to be the initial capital for teachers and students to gain knowledge.
PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk contributed to handling COVID-19 for the community around the Company's operational area in Mangunreja Village by distributing food packages. Symbolically, the 500 food packages were handed over by Chandra Asri's management representative to the Head of Mangunreja Village. The distribution of this food assistance has been carried out on 12 March 2021 while adhering to health protocols, which are maintaining a safe distance, wearing masks, and washing hands.
Each food package which includes 2.5 kg of rice, 1 kg of sugar, 1 kg of wheat flour, 2 liters of cooking oil and 5 pieces of instant noodles has been distributed to 500 families in Pengoreng, Cibaga, and Mangunreja Village.
As its continuous commitment to be a growth partner for the Banten Province community, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk with Village Volunteer Foundation (Yayasan Relawan Kampung) and Lebak Regency Government inaugurated an iron girder suspension bridge in Curug Bandung Village, Sukamulya, Cibeber, Lebak on 10 March 2021. After approximately three months of construction, the 60m x 1.6m long bridge is ready to be accessed by the surrounding community.
The bridge adopted a new design from the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) with a single pole. It was launched under the name JUDESA (Bridges for Villages). This method is very effective because of the specific and mountainous contours of the land, such as in Curug Bandung Village.
The Curug Bandung bridge is the fourth bridge that has been built by the Company, in the Banten Province area, and the second bridge in Lebak Regency. The inauguration of this bridge is hoped to increase access to community mobility in education, health, economics, and social society.
The level of student literacy in Indonesia is still very low and uneven. Based on the study of literacy infrastructure in schools about the implementation of the School Literacy Movement (GLS), many schools have not met the standards in literacy facilities and infrastructure such as books, bookshelves, libraries, and the methods used by each school and teacher in improving student literacy in school.
As an effort to support GLS and also increase literacy in schools around ring 1 of the company, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk will continue the Literacy Corner program in 2020. On this occasion, the Literacy Corner appointed five schools in the Chandra Asri’s plant area in Cilegon and five schools in the plant area in Puloampel as beneficiaries of this program. Chandra Asri donated 835 books and eight bookshelves to support literacy infrastructure in schools.
On 22 February 2021, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk received a US$60 million structured trade facility from DBS Bank. This trade facility is given to Chandra Asri’s subsidiary, Chandra Asri Trading Company Pte. Ltd. (CATCO), to expand export growth of petrochemical products from Indonesia.
While trade facilities are usually straightforward, DBS Bank’s structured trade facility integrates a combination of trade products to deliver a customized solution. It meets the trading needs of the company today and provides the flexibility to Chandra Asri to upgrade the facility quickly as their export growth expands in the future.
As part of the distribution of the 2020 Year End Giving program, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk provided a variety of assistance to the people of the Banten area through the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) and the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Cilegon City, Serang Regency, and Pandeglang Regency in the context of preventing and handling COVID-19 as well as other general social assistance.
A total of 6 multipurpose tents were handed over to PMI and BPBD, Serang District, Cilegon City, and Kab. Pandeglang. This assistance was also given along with regular donations of 500 pcs of rapid test kits and 500 pcs of masks from the company.
Through consistent responses in helping and developing the Banten community, Chandra Asri received an award from Ms. Ratu Tatu Chasanah as the Regent of Serang as a company that consistently cares for and responds to disaster emergencies.
On 8 February 2021, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk has partnered with BYD, the global leading manufacturer of electric automobiles, to roll out 53 units of pure electric forklifts, which is Indonesia’s largest electric forklift fleets to date supplied by BYD. The purchases initiated in 2020 have now been fully completed. This investment in electric vehicles is Chandra Asri's real step to focus on sustainability and the principles of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG), as well as being committed to reducing fossil fuel consumption and reducing emissions from the transportation and mobility side of the Company.
The new e-forklift fleet that is powered by lithium batteries underpins Chandra Asri’s focus on Sustainability, to build a sustainable transportation system, save operational costs and improve its ability to tackle climate change. Each year, the fleet will reduce 69,445 kg of liquified petroleum gas (LPG), save 165,360 liters of diesel (solar), cut 446,472 metric kilograms of carbon dioxide, and eliminate nitrogen oxide exhaust.
As Indonesia’s largest petrochemical producer, on 2 February 2021, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk continues its partnership with Total Solar DG to build a second solar panel or photovoltaic (PV) installation in the former Cilegon plan. The rooftop PV installation will power Chandra Asri’s warehouses, laboratory buildings, and charging stations for electrical forklifts, reducing up to 438 tons of CO2 emissions. It is set to produce an addition of 554 megawatt-hours of solar-powered electricity which represents an equivalent of 40 household consumption and will allow saving as much CO2 as planting almost 7,000 trees.
This second solar panel installation is a form of Chandra Asri’s commitment to reduce the carbon footprint generated in each operational area to minimize its impact on the environment. The project follows successful commissioning of Chandra Asri’s first solar system, which was built and commissioned by Total Solar DG in 2019 and has been able to produce 935 megawatt-hours of energy to power Chandra Asri’s office buildings in Cilegon.
On 2 February 2021, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk distributed aid in the form of 100 food packages to flood-affected communities in Patia District, Pandeglang Regency. Located at the Patia District Office, the distribution was carried out by representatives of the Chandra Asri CSR team and received directly by Mr. Cecep Rohman as the Head of Patia Sub-district. This assistance is one of the fund allocations collected from donations from Chandra Asri's employees in the Year End Giving 2020 program.
Together with PMI Banten Province, PMI Pandeglang Regency, and PMI Patia Subdistrict as the distributor of assistance provided by the company, the CSR team took part in the distribution of 50 food packages for residents in one of the most affected villages, namely Idaman Village. This food package includes 2.5 kg of rice, 2 liters of cooking oil, 1 kg of sugar, 5 pcs of instant noodles, and 1 kg of wheat flour, and is packaged using a non-woven bag made from the company's product, PP Trilene HS35NW. Apart from Idaman Village, this food package was also distributed through PMI to another most affected area, namely Ciawi Village, with a total of 50 food packages.