Stopping Haze with Zero-Burning

Zero Burning Replanting Technique
  • Did you know that Sime Darby Plantation pioneered and commercially introduced the ‘Zero-Burning Replanting Technique’ in 1985?
  • So instead of burning trees, we chopped them down and left them to decompose as fertilizer.
  • This technique is environmentally friendly and improves soil quality.
  • Known as the most environment-friendly replanting technique, it was later adopted as the industry standard for palm oil replanting.
  • Read more about SDP’s Zero-Burning Replanting Technique HERE

Hotspot Dashboard
  • Fires can be caused by many factors especially during the dry seasons. They may occur in areas of our concessions that are occupied by local communities and spread to other areas too.
  • As part of our surveillance of fire occurrences in our estates as well as neighbouring areas, we use satellite data to monitor hotspots.
  • Once alerted, we will quickly take action to investigate and put them out to prevent fire from spreading and causing more damage.
  • See how we monitor fire outbreaks with our hotspot dashboard which can be found HERE


5km Radius Zero-Burning Commitment
  • We extend our Zero-Burning Policy to our neighbours to include those in areas within 5km radius of our estate boundaries.
  • Not only do we help them to monitor fire occurrences, we will help to put out the fires as soon as we are alerted to prevent further damage.
Fire Fighting Teams
  • The Fire Fighting Teams at all our operations are fully equipped to help put out any fire occurrence.
  • We ensure that they are well trained so that they are able to safeguard our plantations and assist our neighbours as per our 5km radius Zero-Burning commitment.


‘Masyarakat Peduli Api’ (Local Communities Fire Awareness Movement)
  • SDP helps to initiate ‘Masyarakat Peduli Api’ within neighbouring local communities in our operations in Indonesia as part of our fire prevention initiatives.
  • The initiative helps to increase local communities’ awareness and participation in fire prevention.
Desa Mandiri Cegah Api
  • Our Indonesian subsidiary, Minamas Plantation runs a Community-based Fire Prevention Programme in collaboration with local Indonesian universities
  • The aim is to educate local communities in fire-prone villages around our operations about sustainable agricultural practices.
  • We help them find sustainable and viable alternatives to generate income
  • The programme has covered 19 villages or about 40,000ha of areas around our operations in Sumatera and South Kalimantan.
  • The programme helped to reduce hotspots from 40 cases in 2015 to zero in 2016.
  • Read all about this programme HERE.

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