Jakarta, 15 August 2023 – Gree Energy, a trusted biogas developer committed to decarbonizing agriculture and food supply chains in emerging countries, today announced a $100,000 grant to Yayasan FIELD Indonesia (FIELD), an Indonesian non-profit, to support their efforts in promoting clean air farming practices.  The grant will fund FIELD’s work with smallholder farmers in Kalimantan and Sumatra to provide training and education on agricultural techniques that eliminate the need for burning crop residues whilst also improving their yields and thus livelihoods. Crop residue burning in Indonesia is widely recognized as a primary contributor to devastating forest fires. The burning of crop residue has resulted in the destruction of nearly a million hectares of land in Sumatra and Kalimantan.  Burning biomass residues is also a major contributor to air pollution and climate change in Indonesia, releasing black carbon (PM 2.5), carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. According to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (UN Environment Programme), black carbon has been linked to an estimated 7 million premature deaths globally, and health impact in adults like heart and lung disease, and strokes.  “We are proud to support FIELD’s important work to curb pollution from burn farming and to empower farmers in alternative approaches that improve crop productivity,” said Fahreza Hidayat, the Head of Sustainability of Gree Energy.  Gree Energy and FIELD share a common focus on reducing climate super pollutants, specifically black carbon for FIELD and methane for Gree Energy. Both also promote regenerative agriculture and sustainable food supply chains.  Nicolas Stirer, CEO and Founder of Gree Energy also endorses the partnership, “This grant aligns with our mission to cut emissions and create opportunities for underserved rural communities. Promoting regenerative no-burn agriculture is a sustainable solution that benefits both the environment and the livelihoods of locals. FIELD shares this goal, and we are proud to fund their programs empowering marginalized groups with the knowledge and tools to enact real change.”  FIELD will use the grant from Gree Energy in their Clean Air Indonesia Program in287 schools in 8 provinces in Indonesia And Clean Air Indonesia Expansion Program in West Sumatra.  The non-profit will also train farmers in alternative techniques to clear land and fertilize soil without burning, such as composting, mulching, and cover cropping. These sustainable agricultural methods enrich the soil, reduce pollution, and allow farmers to save money on fertilizers.  “We are grateful for Gree Energy’s generous support of our clean air initiatives,” said Heru Setyoko, Executive Director of FIELD. “With their partnership, we will be able to scale up our programs, reach more farmers and make greater progress toward curbing pollution from burn farming practices in Indonesia. This funding will allow us to expand our reach and empower even more underserved groups with the skills and knowledge to drive real change from the ground up.”