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Implementation of the 6th Pillar of Jababeka Industrial Estate Decarbonization Roadmap, Jababeka Held FGD with Government & Tenants

CIKARANG – PT Jababeka Tbk is gradually realizing the roadmap for the Jababeka Industrial Estate towards a Net Zero Industrial Cluster by 2050. On Wednesday (1/11), PT Jababeka Tbk, through Jababeka Net Zero Industrial Cluster Community (JNZICC) in collaboration with the School of Architecture, Planning, and Policy Development, Bandung Institute of Technology (SAPPK ITB), held an FGD with the theme “Sustainability Action: Mass Transport Development for Carbon Emission Reduction” at the President Executive Club Hotel – Jababeka City, Cikarang.

The event was attended by government officials, including the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia, the Transportation Agency of Bekasi Regency, the Regional Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) of Bekasi Regency, the Transportation Agency of West Java Province, and dozens of tenants from the Jababeka Industrial Area.

In her opening remarks, Cynthia Hendrayani, Chief Operating Officer of Jababeka Infrastructure, explained that the purpose of the FGD was to realize the sixth pillar of the Jababeka Industrial Estate roadmap towards a Net Zero Industrial Cluster by 2050. This involves optimizing the use of mass transportation to reduce carbon emissions in the city of Jababeka.

JNZICC, together with SAPPK ITB, conducted a study about the development of the Cikarang MRT to the Jababeka Area, and interim study results have been released. These results indicate that 51 percent of the residents and workers in the Jababeka Area, as well as KRL train users at Cikarang Station, would prefer the MRT with the development of the Cikarang – Jababeka MRT.

According to Cynthia Hendrayani, the interim study results were crucial to discuss in the FGD because infrastructure is a lifetime investment that cannot be easily changed once constructed. Thus, in-depth planning and research are needed to transparently identify the type of public transport required in an area.

“As a result, an interconnection between transportation modes is established, fostering sustainability within the area. We are pleased with the enthusiasm of the tenants and government officials who attended, providing valuable insights into this FGD,” she stated.

The FGD itself proceeded in an interesting and flowing manner, covering the presentation of interim study results and responses from government officials and tenants of the Jababeka Area.

Tenants to Stay and Expand Business in Jababeka Area

In general, the opinions of the Jababeka Industrial Estate tenants share a common thread: they support the presence of public transport to the Jababeka Area, and many tenants claim they will continue to stay and expand their businesses in the Jababeka Area.

The main reason is that the presence of public transportation, such as the MRT, in the Jababeka Area would facilitate tenants’ employees in commuting to work without the risk of accidents during the journey. It would also allow companies and employees to cost-effectively manage transportation expenses. Moreover, for some capital-intensive companies, it assists in bringing in brainpower or executives from Jakarta to their industrial centers.

One such statement came from Iman of PT Hitachi Astemo Bekasi Manufacturing. He explained that they supported the development of the MRT to the Jababeka Area because of its significant benefits, including cost efficiency and avoiding two-wheeled accidents that their employees often experience. PT Hitachi Astemo has 2,400 employees, most of whom are motorcycle riders, and accidents occur among their employees using motorcycles.

Similarly, Firman from Unilever Indonesia expressed their support for the local government and area managers who continuously adapt to the needs of tenants, one of which is the development of the MRT to the Jababeka Area. Unilever Indonesia is a labor-intensive company with thousands of employees: 2,700 permanent employees and 1,700 temporary employees. Fifty percent of its employees reside in Bekasi Regency, 6 percent in Bekasi City, and 26 percent outside Bekasi Regency and City.

To facilitate employees’ work, the company currently provides shuttle buses and parking subsidies for employees who park their vehicles in designated areas. Unilever Indonesia’s motorcycle parking space is limited.

“So, if there is an MRT in the Jababeka Area, it could be a dream come true. Because when the high-speed train arrives, it will impact our team, our employees can travel to Bandung. And for workers, there will be no more obstacles to going to the office or meeting office needs (using public transport),” said Iman.

Implementation of the 6th Pillar of Jababeka Industrial Estate Decarbonization Roadmap, Jababeka Held FGD with Government & Tenants