The environment aspect which has become the CSR pillar is part of Garuda Indonesia’s commitment to be the Green Airline and help prevent or minimize the impacts on the environmental preservation. The company’s environmentally-friendly commitment has been reflected on programs under Garuda Indonesia Cares for Environment, such as:
It is a continuous project started in 2010. Garuda Indonesia is aware of the fact that paper derived from wooden fibres should be preserved. With that understanding, and as part of its contribution to environment, Garuda Indonesia has started an initiative to gather used paper/documents such as tickets and other kinds of documents and process them into recycled books.
Through the years, Garuda Indonesia has generated 177 tons of recycled paper which in turn served as base material for producing 1.500.000 note books and 41.000 memo pads. These products are then utilized for office purposes and also granted to various schools and educational institutions in Indonesia.
According to data from the International Air TransportAssociation (IATA), the air transportation industry contributes to 2% carbon emission of the world and to the 3% of climate change. As an effort to reduce the impact, Garuda Indonesia has conducted several actions in terms of technology, operation and infrastructure (see Garuda Green Efforts). The More Passengers More Trees Program has become part of Garuda Indonesia’s commitment to keep up with the increasing number of passengers by planting more trees as a real effort to reduce the carbon emission. Recent events are as follows:
Garuda Indonesia, in cooperation with WWF Indonesia, the Department of Forestry and the Provincial Government of Central Kalimantan, participates in peat-swamp forest rehabilitation with a high ecological value in the Sebangau National Park, Central Kalimantan. The rehabilitation is conducted by planting up to 100,000 trees in an area that covers 250 ha of land. The funding comes from the sales of tickets on international routes.
Garuda Indonesia cooperates with Yogyakarta Royal Silk Foundation to conduct the community empowerment program for silkworm craftsmen in the countryside, with Eco Tourism as its theme, by planting cashew and mahogany trees in Karang Tengah Village, Bantul, Yogyakarta. The number of trees planted is 50,000, with the funding established from the sales of Garuda tickets on the Japan route.
Garuda Indonesia has planted 18,600 mangrove trees on Toll Sedyatmo green lane in Cengkaren- Banten using guludan methodsmangrove rehabilitation technique in the protected forest area covered by water. This event has been recorded in the Indonesian Record Museum (MURI) as Mangrove Planting Using Guludan System with most seeds recorded: 18,600 seeds.
Garuda Indonesia has conducted West Javanese vegetation planting of 59 specimens in total of 10,000 trees in at Ecopark Cibinong Science Center – LIPI, Cibinong, Bogor - West Java through the 1st stage of the “Javanese-Balinese Vegetation Planting”.In 2013, the program held in cooperation between Garuda Indonesia, Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation (KEHATI Foundation) and Indonesian Institute of Sciences ( LIPI ), proceeded to the 2nd stage with the addition of another 10,000 trees, bringing the total planting of 20,000 trees in the whole program.
Garuda Indonesia has planted 24,000 seeds on an area of 250 ha by Krueng Jambo Aye River in Arakundo, Pantai Bidari Sub-district, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) under cooperation program with NAD local government and Leuser Indonesia Foundation.
Garuda Indonesia has conducted tree planting in the vicinity of tourism spots such as Air Manis Beach in West Sumatra. The trees planted are Pinang (Areca catechu), Pinang Tupai and Cemara Laut(Casuarina Equisetifolia) in total amount of 1,000 trees. Similar events have been organized by Garuda Indonesia in Sukabumi and Calang in Aceh, planting 5,000 seeds of Trembesi (Samanea Saman) to support the reforestation and environmental improvement.
To demonstrate its concern toward the environment, particularly coastal erosion caused by the damaged mangrove forest in Bangka-Belitung area, Garuda Indonesia organized Mangrove Planting Program through construction of nursery and planting in Petaling Village, Nasik Strait. This program is part of the mangrove utilization and conservation initiative, which at the same time establishes Nasik Strait as educational travel destination. In addition, the program also supports production of mangrove crabs which inhabits Nasik Strait area. Among the activities that took place were:a. Planting 50,000 seeds of mangroveb. Replanting 10,000 seeds of mangrovec. Nursery 10,000 seeds of mangroveThe program also educates the students of junior high schools and vocational schools as well as general public and visitors regarding flora and fauna conservation as well as poverty alleviation. Through this program, potential of Petaling Village to become Tourism Village will improve, especially in terms of its beautiful nature potential and mangrove crab production which could attract prospective visitors.
The islands of Maluku has been long recognized for its beauty. Garuda aimed to enhance Maluku’s potential for tourism and the local economy of its people through the Coral conservation and Mangrove Plantation program done in early 2017. Garuda planted 18,200 mangrove seeds and 2,400 coral reefs at Pantai Batu Kuda in the hope that they would support the economy and help improve the ecology of the sea and ultimately the local and national tourism.
GMF AeroAsia (a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia) has become the only Halon Bank in Indonesia since 2000. Halon is included in the ozone-depletion substance (ODS) group with careful supervision on its production and consumption, under the Montreal Protocol. There are several types of halon i.e. Halon 1211, 1301, and 2402. In Indonesia, halon is generally used for fire-fighting.
The main activity of the Halon Bank is gathering the unused halon according to a quality standard. Thereafter, the valid quality halon is distributed to other essential users. Thanks to this contribution, GMF was awarded with the Montreal Protocol Award by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in 2010.
Garuda Indonesia has made contribution to the establishment of turtle conservation on the coastal line in Gili Indah Village on Gili Trawangan Island, West Nusa Tenggara, and to turtle conservation in Bangka Belitung. To educate the public, Garuda Indonesia has also built Counselling and EducationCentre for turtle conservation on Penyak Beach, Bangka Belitung. This is part of the effort in reviving the love of the public toward endangered marine life preservation.
Recently, Garuda also released 100 sea turtles in the coastal area of Senggigi, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.
Garuda Indonesia cooperates with Bali Safari and Marine Park to build in Gianyar Regency, Bali. This program has produced 15 Bali Myna, which will later be released into the wild. Together with Bali Safari and Marine Park, Garuda Indonesia has also organized Balinese people empowerment and development program, as well as building education facilities for students and the community in order to help them apply the Bali Myna conservation activities in their daily life.
Garbage has become one of the excessive issues surfacing on the Bali’s tourism beaches. Through the Bali Beach Clean-up and Bali Big Eco Weekend pioneered by Coca Cola Amatil and QuickSilver Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia has started to bring back Bali’s image as one of the faces of Indonesian tourism. Through Bali Beach Clean-up, Garuda Indonesia has contributed two beach cleaning machine called Barber Surf Rake used to sweep various garbage off the sand instantly. These two machines is used to clean up 9.6 km of beach line from Kuta, Seminyak, Jimbaran, Legian all the way to Kedonganan.
Meanwhile, through Bali Big Eco Weekend, Garuda Indonesia has invited the local community and tourists to participate in keeping Bali Island clean by challenging them to collect the most garbage in the vicinity of Kuta, Seminyak, Jimbaran, Legian and Kedonganan beaches. Garuda Indonesia has also provided 100 seeds of coconut trees and another 100 seeds ofCamplung trees for the beauty and greening effort of Bali beaches. In addition, Garuda Indonesia has also released 16,000 sea turtles produced by Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation into their real habitat around Kuta Beach.
As part of the carbon emission reduction campaign, Garuda Indonesia and International Air Transport Association (IATA) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Carbon Offset in Singapore, 2010. The IATA carbon Offset program is a ready-to-use tool which can be offered by airlines to the passengers to compensate the emission reduction contributing to the carbon reduction projects in developing countries.
Garuda Indonesia will display the offset replacement option on the company website, and the passengers can decide if they want to compensate for the emission while making the reservation. Information about reduced CO2, refunding fee and the emission reduction event will be available on the website.