(2/9) The Department of Environmental Engineering of Universitas Diponegoro (DTL Undip) held an event with the title Eco-Tech Pioneer and Sustainability Award (EPSA) 2023. This event was a part of the 25th Dies Natalis of the Department of Environmental Engineering and aimed to appreciate companies that are heavily committed to creating technological innovations to preserve and protect the environment.

At this event, dozens of national and regional companies were present to share their experiences and innovations in preserving the environment around them. In addition, the Department of Environmental Engineering also invited several national figures, such as Prof. Sudharto P. Hadi, MES, Ph.D from the PROPER Advisory Board (PROPER is a Company Performance Rating Program in Managing the Environment held by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry), to attend the awarding ceremony held at Novotel Hotel, Semarang.

Head of the Department of Environmental Engineering Undip, Dr. Ing. Sudarno, S.T., M.Sc explained that EPSA was formed to appreciate companies that have successfully innovated in protecting the environment. According to him, up to now, the efforts to preserve the environment that the industry has made have not been appreciated enough. “Implementation of EPSA is actually a form of our concern regarding the lack of appreciation for the efforts that have been done by the industry. So from that concern the Department of Environmental Engineering on its 25th anniversary, for the first time, organized an award for industries that innovate well on both in the form of technology and their activities,” he said.

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Ir. M. Agung Wibowo, M.M, M.Sc, Ph.D, welcomed the EPSA. For him, EPSA can encourage companies to make breakthroughs in protecting the environment, where such innovations are needed nowadays. “Innovation is important for now because, in our daily life, nature experiences limitations. Therefore, innovations from companies are needed as one of the solutions for us to continue our activities without damaging the environment,” he said.

At this EPSA event, there were six main topics that were presented, including Green Power Innovation, Low Carbon Innovation, Eco-Hazard Innovation, Eco-Cycle Innovation, Hydro Smart Innovation, and Ecosystem Innovation. All of those topics are related to innovation in preserving nature and ensuring sustainable development. Prof. Agung hoped that the existence of EPSA could be one of the driving factors for the companies to continue innovating and can provide academic benefits for the students and lecturers in the Department of Environmental Engineering. “Hopefully the results of this EPSA can be the best practices that enrich teaching materials and can be used by the students.”

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