JAKARTA - Leading Indonesian coatings company PT Mowilex Indonesia (PT Mowilex) announced that it has achieved carbon neutrality. The achievement is a first by any manufacturing company in Indonesia.

"Being an industry leader means more than delivering the highest quality paints and coatings to our customers. It also means taking responsibility for the carbon emissions resulting from our operations," said Niko Safavi, CEO of PT Mowilex. “We have a number of other initiatives and plans to minimize our impact on the environment and hope to inspire other firms that have not yet committed significant resources to address climate targets set by the Indonesian government.”

SCS Global Services, an internationally recognized certification body, conducted the third-party evaluation of PT Mowilex emissions calculations, covering the company’s locations and operations.

PT Mowilex offset its carbon footprint following The CarbonNeutral Protocol developed by Natural Capital Partners, which pioneered the certification process and began to develop the protocol in 2002. "PT Mowilex's carbon-neutral accomplishment is an important milestone in a country where consumers are looking for values-driven brands that prioritize corporate responsibility,” said Nicole Munoz, Managing Director, Environmental Certification Services, at SCS Global Services.

PT Mowilex, with over 1,000 employees across Indonesia, has offset emissions stemming from its business operations in 11 facilities, including its factory. To achieve carbon neutrality, the company engaged in a series of internal operational measures to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, such as upgrading its HVAC systems, changing transportation vendors to ones with more efficient vehicles, and planned conversion of diesel forklifts to propane. To offset the remainder of its footprint, PT Mowilex purchased carbon offsets from Natural Capital Partners, and a subsidiary of Canadian firm Just Energy.

The company’s achievement is a great example of how the private sector can support climate goals set at governmental levels, not in terms of pledges but by taking action and leading by example. “Businesses are leading the way in taking action to deliver immediate impact and meet our global climate change goals,” said Saskia Feast, Vice-President Western Region, Natural Capital Partners.