Supporting Sustainable Environmental Preservation, Agincourt Resources Holds the 2022 Martabe Innovation Award (MIA)

Batangtoru, September 22, 2022 – To transmit the spirit of sustainability, the operator of Martabe Gold Mine of PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR) held the 2022 Martabe Innovation Award (MIA).  Attended by dozens of creative young participants from Padangsidimpuan, South Tapanuli, Central Tapanuli, and Sibolga, this inaugural MIA raised the theme “Sustainable Environmental Preservation Initiative.”

There are three categories of innovation programs contested at the 2022 MIA, namely Green Lifestyle Socialization and Education, Innovation in Reducing/Recycling processed waste disposal, and Environmental Care and Biodiversity Movement. MIA activities had been held since 16 June 2022 and closed on 17 August 2022.

The 2022 MIA was very interesting because the participants were young people who created and innovated fresh ideas. Here are the winners of the 2022 MIA:

Innovation Category of Reducing/Recycling Processed Waste

First Winner: Sartika Nasution – Waste Bank
Second Place: Nazamuddin Siregar – Waste Workshop
Third Winner: Damai O Mendrofa – Recycling Waste into a Variety of Handicraft Products
Runner-up I: Angelia Utari Harahap – Innovation in Mitigating Methane Gas through Alternative Feed of Jackfruit Leaves and Moringa Leaves for Ruminants.

Category of Environmental Care and Biodiversity Movement

*There are no 1st and 2nd place because no one meets the scoring scale of 1st place (100-90) and 2nd place (89-80).
Third Place: Irwan Effendi – Let’s Maintain the Balance of Nature Together
Runner-up I: Hendrawan Hasibuan – Encouraging the State to Be Present to Make the Community a Cadre of Nature Conservation

Vice President Director of PTAR, Ruli Tanio, said PTAR supports the initiatives that encourage environmental care culture to minimize or avoid negative impacts on the environment.

“Through MIA, we encourage individuals and community groups around the mining operation area to give birth to new ideas and continue to implement initiatives that have positive impacts on the environment and biodiversity relentlessly,” Ruli said.

MIA program exists not without reason. Basically, PTAR has a spirit of sustainability in implementing a fundamental, structured, and collaborative environmental program with all stakeholders, also in line with Astra’s 2030   sustainability commitment to Sustainability Aspirations. Another reason is that many human resources around the mine area are active in preserving the environment in a small scope.

PTAR Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, Katarina Siburian Hardono, added that the Company really appreciates individual and group participants who have taken part in the 2022 MIA and have transmitted the spirit of sustainable environmental preservation.

“We see a lot of creative and innovative souls making breakthroughs in the environmental field, and their programs have the potential to be   further developed to benefit environmental sustainability,” Katarina said.

Sartika Permata, a participant of the 2022 MIA who was selected as the first winner, admitted that she was proud of PTAR great appreciation for her work, namely Sumber Rezeky waste bank involving a number of residents of Huta Ginjang Village, East Angkola, South Tapanuli.

“MIA is really amazing.  With this MIA, I as a mentor for waste bank feel more motivated to be able to develop waste banks. MIA also   indirectly encourages the community, especially in South Tapanuli, to reduce waste and maintain the environment,” said Sartika.

According to her, MIA not only confers appreciation, but also opens access to cooperation with PTAR itself, as well as improves the reputation of Sumber Rezeky waste bank in the eyes of the public and government.

“Next year we will receive a special budget from the South Tapanuli Regency Government which will be used to add infrastructure, such as warehouses, machinery, and other equipment,” said Sartika.

Sumber Rezeky waste bank involves residents to collect recyclable waste, such as plastic bags, glass bottles, cardboards, metal, and iron, with the aim of reducing rubbish piles. The waste is then converted into items of economic value, such as benches, aprons, bags, compost, and animal feed. From these activities, millions of rupiah can be earned by residents every month.

PTAR itself has carried out a number of environmental conservation actions throughout the mining operation. One of them is having planted more than 41,000 tree seedlings inside and outside Martabe Gold Mine area during 2012 to 2021.  The actions have the potential to produce 18 million kilograms of oxygen per year and are able to absorb about 1 million tons of carbon dioxide per year.

In addition, in 2021 PTAR has rehabilitated up to 9.02 hectares of land, covering 3.88 hectares of operational area and 5.14 hectares of exploration area.  This realization exceeds the 2017-2021 PTAR Reclamation Plan which has been approved by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources with the target of rehabilitation in an operational area of 3.88 hectares and an exploration area of 0.28 hectares in 2021.

In the field of biodiversity, PTAR collaborates with Persamuhan Bodhicitta Mandala Medan (YPBMM) foundation for Sumatran Tiger. PTAR also   collaborates with a number of NGOs that care about biodiversity conservation that are members of the 2021 Batangtoru Conservation Activists.

PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR) Corporate Communications Senior Manager Katarian Siburian Hardono (above, third from right) and PTAR Environment, Health & Safety Senior Manager Hari Ananto (above, second from right), and a number of PTAR management posed for a group photo with environmental activists who won the 2022 Martabe Innovation Award (Doc: PTAR)

Senior Manager Environment, Health & Safety of PT Agincourt Resources, Hari Ananto, presented a certificate of appreciation to Sartika Permata, 1st winner of the 2022 Martabe Innovation Award, in Batangtoru, South Tapanuli, North Sumatra (Doc: PTAR)

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