Monday, 21 March 2016 00:00

Focus Group Discussion on Guideline Development of Solid Waste Utilization as Refuse Derived Fuel

A half day Focus Group Discussion (FGD) to finalize the guideline of solid waste utilization as Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) was held by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) in cooperation with PAKLIM GIZ, PT Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa, PT Holcim Indonesia, and Sustainable Waste Indonesia. This event took place in Hotel Haris Tebet-Jakarta and also participated by relevant stakeholders, such as Ministry of Industry (MoI), Ministry of Public Work and Housing, State Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), Indonesia Cement Association (ASI), Indonesia Solid Waste Association (INSWA), PT Semen Indonesia, Environmental Engineering Department of Insitut Teknologi Bandung, and ESP3 Danida. Bapak Agus Saefudin from Solid Waste Management Directorate-MoEF gave his remark in the opening of the FGD and stated that the development of the guideline is one of the activities related to RDF in MoEF.  Bapak Widodo Santoso as Chairman of Indonesian Cement Association (ASI) expressed that ASI and cement industries support the development of the guideline and he emphasized the importance of agreeing the RDF criteria to be used in cement industry, e.g. RDF calorific value. Many inputs were obtained in this FGD. It is recommended to have an executive summary for the guideline and also to simplify the technical terms. Related with the waste itself, it is important to have criteria of the solid waste for RDF. The FGD also discussed the required framework for RDF, organizational structure to manage the operation of RDF system, emission quality, economic feasibility of RDF itself, and the involvement of local government as the responsible institution in relation with solid waste management in each region. Representatives of the cement companies also shared their experiences related with their pilot projects on RDF. The inputs obtained in the FGD will be accommodated in the draft guideline. It is expected that the guideline is finalized in the near future and will be disseminated further.