Siemens Healthcare supports Indonesian reforestation program for CO2
1 Oct 2010
Siemens Healthcare is combining its Proven Excellence Program
for refurbishing medical devices with supporting tropical forest
regeneration in Indonesia.
The aim is for greater sustainability in healthcare and to
contribute to carbon dioxide (CO2) savings and wider environmental
In the Proven Excellence Program, a quality process specially
developed by Siemens, the product lifecycle of these systems is
extended, and they are remarketed as what are known as Proven
As a result, in its last fiscal year Siemens was able to help
prevent up to 20,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, which corresponds to
the power consumption of around 5,700 households.
In the reforestation programme, Siemens Healthcare has signed an
agreement with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia to plant a
specific number of trees in Sebangau National Park, Indonesia for
every Proven Excellence System sold. Thus Siemens would like to
contribute to a further expansion of carbon dioxide storage.
For some years now, Siemens has been taking back preowned medical
devices, such as CT and MRT scanners, ultrasound, radiotherapy and
X-ray systems, and refurbishing them into mint condition systems.
Resources that would otherwise have been used for material
preparation and production are saved.
"Economical and efficient best-in-class refurbished systems
tailored to customers supplement the innovative product portfolio at
Siemens," said Elisabeth Staudinger, CEO Refurbished Systems at
the Siemens Healthcare Sector.
Siemens’ Healthcare Sector in Indonesia has recently signed an
agreement with the Indonesian arm of WWF. In the context of the
New-Trees-Initiative of WWF in Indonesia, Siemens will ensure
with the help of its business with refurbished devices (Proven
Excellence Systems), that a total of 32 hectares of cleared rain
forest in Indonesia will be replanted.
Every time Siemens sells a Proven Excellence System, trees will
be planted in a cleared rain forest area of Sebangau National Park.
The number of seedlings is based on the amount of CO2 saved by the
respective system sold.
“According to our calculations, some 80 seedlings are planted for
each CT unit shipped, so that when mature the trees will capture
around 14 tonnes of CO2,” explained Staudinger
Every tree will have a WWF sign. Starting from autumn 2010,
it will be possible to track on Google Earth how the new rain forest
is progressing, via longitude 114.024372 and latitude -2.584830.
The nature reserve is in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo,
which is the largest island in the world and has one of the most
biologically diverse tropical rainforests on earth. It is home to
many endangered species, including the orang-utan.
Comment by the Editor (who has two forestry
degrees): The park is one of the largest in
Indonesia, covering 568,700 ha and suffers large annual forest loss
from burning, illegal logging and encroachment. While sponsoring the
planting of a fixed number of trees up to 32ha is laudable, it is
not the most efficient use of money. One wonders the cost of having
a WWF sign on every tree! Supporting forest protection measures and
education of local villagers, as well as helping them use their
current land sustainably, will have a far greater effect in
preserving the complete environment and maintaining local CO2
storage (which in fact is not a priority locally compared to the
loss of species and habitat).
Three-colour satellite image of Sebangau National Park near
Palangkaraya, Kalimantan, Indonesia recorded on 14 February (red) 14 June
(green) and 25 June 25 (blue), 2008. © Infoterra GmbH 2008.
The light green areas in the top left half of
the image mark tropical peat-swamp forest of the Sebangau Ecosystem
in Central Kalimantan, which is renowned for its high conservation
importance and natural resource functions. It has recently been
designated as an Indonesian National Park, primarily to protect the
largest extant world population of the endangered Bornean Orang Utan
The Sebangau is suffering from drainage caused
by the construction of hundreds of canals by illegal loggers (many
of these can also be distinguished in the image), who use them to
float felled timber out of the forest. These canals are rapidly
draining the peat of moisture, which threatens to cause peat and
forest collapse and large-scale forest fires (various fire scars can
be identified in the image). Additional pressure was put on the
forests water balance by a large land conversion scheme (so called
Mega Rice Project) starting in 1996. Within this project at least
half a million hectares of primary peat swamp forest was removed and
more than 4,600 kilometres of channels were excavated in order to
restore Indonesia's rice self-sufficiency. The area of deforestation
can be identified in darker green colour in the bottom right half of
Later the project was abandoned and the present
Indonesian government is in the process of rehabilitating the area,
but major damage has already been done to the regional and global
environment. The white area in the top centre of the image
marks the city of Palangkaraya.
Acknowledgements to infoterra for the image and background