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Many of the employees living in and around our Riau Complex in Pangkalan Kerinci take company buses to work.

While these buses help reduce the number of vehicles on the roads, we wanted to go even further, and in September 2021 introduced the first-ever electric buses in Riau Province.

Waste Not, Want Not

Indonesia produces 64 million tons of waste every year. Here’s what we can do to play our part and reduce waste from home.

There is no way around it. Waste is an unavoidable by-product of our activities and consumption. From agricultural waste related to the growing of crops to our very own household waste made of kitchen leftovers or shampoo bottles, waste affects our environment and health.

With half of Indonesia’s population currently living in urban areas, it is not a surprise that municipalities generate an estimated 105,000 tons of solid waste a day. To make matters worse, open dumping and landfills are the most widely used method of solid waste disposal in this country.

E-buses leading the movement toward clean-energy transportation.

Transportation accounts for nearly a quarter of global CO2 emissions, according to the World Resources Institute. It is a major contributor to climate change and, without intervention, it is likely the trend will continue in the coming years.

Electric vehicles (EV) are the talk of the town nowadays and for reasons we can all understand: clean energy. The rise of urbanization calls for sustainable solutions that aim for higher mobility and less pollution — and at the top of the list are electric buses.

Recognized as the center of Malay culture in Indonesia, Riau is preserving its cultural heritage via sustainable tourism programs.

Its situation in the central-eastern coast of Sumatra and located along the Malacca Strait has given Riau an advantage. For centuries, merchants and traders have visited Riau. Kingdoms and sultanates flourished amid its rich and diverse landscapes. Its rich history also gives way to a highly diverse population, with communities tied to several ethnic groups: Malays, Javanese, Chinese, Minangkabau, Batak, Buginese, and Banjarese identify themselves as Orang Riau. These priceless cultural assets are the heritage of Riau, and efforts in preserving them have been underway in recent years, especially the revitalization of Malay culture as the province’s identity. 

As the world's largest archipelagic nation, whose unity depends on how it values diversity, the various ethnic backgrounds that make up the country's population and culture are essential elements that determine Indonesia's survival. The story of Indonesia's independence celebrates diversity amid adversity. Among the government's chief responsibilities is its commitment to preserving the people's varied customs and traditions.

The Malay legacy of Riau is an identity that needs to be celebrated through its architecture, literature, history, tradition, cuisine, and many more.