In an effort to provide decarbonization solutions for its business partners, Commercial and trading subholding of Pertamina, PT Pertamina Patra Niaga, is opening opportunities for carbon trading with domestic and international companies.
One such initiative is for aviation businesses, by facilitating the national airline Garuda Indonesia in purchasing Emission Reduction Certificates (ERCs) as part of the 75th Anniversary Joy Flight held on January 23, 2024. President Director of Pertamina Patra Niaga, Riva Siahaan, expressed pride in supporting the realization of “Carbon Neutral Flight” or carbon-neutral flights at the age of 75 for Garuda Indonesia through cooperation in carbon trading initiatives. This collaboration is a joint effort of both parties to support the national goal of achieving Net Zero Emission Indonesia by 2060.
“Pertamina Patra Niaga not only sells aviation fuel to our partners, in this case, aviation consumers, but also has the concept of Pertamina One Solution B2B, where we offer solutions for our consumer businesses’ decarbonization needs. This aligns with our goal as a decarbonization journey partner, supporting the realization of Net Zero Emission Indonesia by 2060,” explained Riva.
ERCs are part of the emission reduction management mechanism documented in proof of emission reduction by businesses and/or activities that have undergone Measurement, Reporting, and Verification and are recorded in the National Climate Change Control Registry System in the form of a registry number and/or code.
“We continue to strive to minimize emissions that can impact the climate crisis. One of them is supporting the decarbonization efforts of our partners in converting carbon emissions generated from flight operations. Garuda Indonesia has purchased carbon credits equivalent to 50 tCO2-eq,” Riva said.
Garuda Indonesia conducted a “joy flight” using a B737-800 fleet with flight number GA006, flying through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to cross the Pelabuhan Ratu area and then return to Soekarno-Hatta Airport. This is a form of appreciation from Garuda Indonesia to certain outsourced employees, including security personnel, cleaning services, and office boys who have supported the company’s business activities.
CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Irfan Setiaputra, said that as part of the efforts to support decarbonization, Garuda Indonesia has implemented various sustainable initiatives, including jointly with Pertamina, conducting the first commercial flight using biofuel.
“Garuda Indonesia’s active involvement in carbon emissions reduction is part of the strategic roadmap for Garuda Indonesia to accelerate as an increasingly agile and adaptive airline in embracing the new era as an airline currently transforming to maximize performance, one of which is through contributions to environmental preservation missions,” explained Irfan.