GITI Tires consumes annually about 500-550 thousand metric tons of coal, or the equivalent of about 1 million tons of CO2 or 270,000 metric tons of Carbon, emitted into the atmosphere.
The Batang Toru forest covers about 150,000 hectares and the Batang Gadis National Park covers about 110,000 hectares, together they total around 260,000 hectares of mostly intact forest.
Protecting these forest areas from conversion into vegetation with lower biomass (tree plantations or agriculture) conserves about 100 tons of Carbon per hectare, or 26 million tons of Carbon in total, which is equivalent to about 100 years of carbon emissions resulting from GITI Tire coal burning.
This rough calculation does not consider the carbon benefits of improving the conservation of the Lake Toba watershed forest and those benefits accrued from reforestation of community land in the buffer zones of all three forest areas.
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Strengthening Biodiversity Conservation at Key Landscape areas
in the northern Sumatra Corridor
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