New PT Siemens Indonesia CEO Prakash Chandran expressed an interest in investing in waste-to-energy plant projects that would be constructed in a number of cities, Industry Ministry machinery and agriculture machinery director Zakiyudin said.
“Trash management is a big issue in big cities. One solution is to convert trash into energy for electricity. Siemens has the technology to do this,” Zakiyudin told The Jakarta Post after attending a meeting between Industry Minister Airlangga Hartanto and Chandran at Airlangga’s office in Jakarta on Tuesday.
The company would have a follow-up meeting soon to discuss th project with regional administrations, he said.
Jakarta produces about 6,600 tons of solid waste per day.
The plan to construct waste-to-energy plants in seven cities – Jakarta, Tangerang, Bandung, Semarang, Surakarta, Denpasar and Makassar – is listed as a national strategic project based on Presidential Regulation No. 58/2017.
Indonesia is known as the world’s second-biggest producer of plastic waste. In 2016, it generated 3.2 million tons of plastic waste, 1.3 million which ended up in the ocean.