State-owned companies earned bad rating in environmental performance

Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Two state-owned power plants and hospital in Lampung earned poor rating on environmental performance according to Ministry of Environment and Forestry, said an official on Wednesday (25/2), in Bandarlampung. The rating, dubbed as PROPER [Environmental Performance Evaluation Rating Program], is an annual program set up by the ministry which assessing companies, state-owned […]

Jakarta plans to buy helicopter to evacuate people living in islands

Jakarta, Ekuatorial – DKI Jakarta Governor, Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama, on Thursday (12/2) said that they were planning on proposing a budget to buy a helicopter intended to evacuate people living in outer islands of the province. “If there’s money and approved by Jakarta’s house of parliament, we want to buy helicopters that would be […]

Illegal mining returns to Southeast Minahasa district

Manado, Ekuatorial – Activists on Tuesday (3/2) slammed Southeast Minahasa government for ‘ignoring’ illegal mining activities allegedly conducted by foreign companies in Alason site, Ratatotok sub-district, Mitra district. “Two units excavators were seen operating in Alason since last Monday (26/1). Workers were spotted setting up a temporary 20 tonnes capacity gold processor,” said Rully Tamod, […]

Bakrie Group Subsidiary Allegedly Violated Regulations in Gorontalo

DEGORONTALO – A subsidiary of Bakrie Groups, PT Gorontalo Minerals, has been accused of violating environment and forestry laws. The violation has been allegedly broke regulations after they have obtained borrow-to-use permit for forestry area from then Ministry of Forestry, Zulkifli Hasan, in 2010, as stated at a press release from Gorontalo’s Indonesian Miners Association […]

Scientists develop rubber seeds for alternative energy in Palangkaraya

Palangkaraya, Ekuatorial – Scientists said on Monday (26/1) that they have succeeded to develop rubber tree seeds as alternative energy to fossil fuel, in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan. Center for International Cooperation in Sustainable Management of Tropical Peatland (Cimtrop), of Palangkaraya University in cooperation with Netherlands’ University of Groningen (RUG) have launched their preliminary demonstration on […]

Ministry of Environment and Forestry accepted Court ruling over its law

Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Ministry of Environment and Forestry stated that it had respected Constitutional Court on granted the appeal on the 2009 Law on Environmental Protection and Management. “Ministry of Environment and Forestry accept and respect the Court decision and will make adjustment in the law to be able to implement the decision,” said Rosa […]

Constitutional Court granted appeal for environment law judicial review

Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Indonesia’s Constitutional Court had granted the appeal on the country’s Law on Environmental Protection and Management, on Wednesday (21/1), in Jakarta. The appeal was submitted by Bachtiar Abdul Fatah, former General Manager of Sumatra Light South on PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia, who was also convicted for bio remediation corruption case on the […]

Eight provinces still experiencing power crisis

Jakarta, Ekuatorial – Despite of abundant energy potentials, as much as 10,000 villages of eight provinces in Indonesia were still experiencing power crisis, said an activist recently. The eight provinces are Riau islands, Central Kalimantan, Gorontalo, West Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara and Papua. The latter is the lowest with 36.41 […]

Indonesia turns to marine to combat climate change

Jakarta, Ekuatorial – As Indonesia step up its maritime resources, senior official for climate change negotiation said on Tuesday (23/12) that they will develop marine as renewable energy potential. “We have forgotten that 70 percent of Indonesia’s areas is ocean. Indonesia is a nation with a huge potential for renewable energy from marine sector. We […]

Govt brushed off illegal mining report of Anak Krakatau mountain, saying it was for conservation

Bandarlampung, Ekuatorial – Local villager reported mining exploration causing damages on coastal ecosystem but met with cold respond from local authority in Sebesi island, Rajabasa sub-district, South Lampung province. Sofyan Raden Kemala, one of the island’s public figure, said that they had complained about barge owned by PT Lautan Persada Indonesia suspected to haul iron […]