Sustainability | Environment
As a plantation company, TSH works to ensure the operations are environmentally responsible, and that adequate steps are taken to protect and effectively manage risks that may adversely impact the surrounding environment. Our environment policy statement governs how we deal with greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, waste management, and biodiversity issues. We also have a zero-burning policy for all our operations.
The Group actively recycles and manages waste, monitors and minimizes its effluents and sources of pollution. We also partner with Government agencies to protect bio-diverse and fragile ecosystems besides replanting degraded and logged-out forests.
The Group will carry out a combines High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservations Value (HCV) analysis prior to any new development and committed to achieve a net-positive impact on biodiversity or mitigating any adverse consequences. We have conducted EIAs for all our Indonesian plantations and Sabah estates that were established after September 1999.
Environment Protection Policy
Green Energy and Waste Management
TSH plantation operations produce a significant amount of biomass by-products. Palm biomass such as pruned fronds, old palm trunks and treated palm oil mill effluent (POME) are recycled back to the soil as natural fertilizers.
Other forms of biomass such as fibre, shells and empty fruit bunches (EFB) are used as renewable energy sources to generate steam and electricity for mill processing. This green energy is able to sustain 98% of our mills’ energy needs.
Methane emission from the treatment of POME is a large contributor to the total operational emissions. All TSH Mill at Sabah has successfully commissioned biogas plants to capture methane gas and mitigate GHG emissions from POME.
In addition, TSH has a 12-megawatt (MWhr) biomass co-gen power plant & 3-megawatt (MWhr) Biogas engine at its Bio-Complex Plant at Tawau, Sabah that uses mesocarp fibre, palm kernel shells, EFB & methane gas from POME from its own Palm Oil Mill to satisfy almost all the steam and electricity requirements of the complex. The generated energy is connected to Sabah grid system (SESB), which is under SEDA FIT program.