Water Management

Oil palm requires a constant supply of water to prevent unnecessary stress on the trees, and adversely affect their productivity. Our water management practices aim to maximize water efficiency through various measures that seek to balance our operational requirements with the conservation of water resources.

Our water management practices aim to maximise water efficiency through various measures that seek to balance our operational requirements with the conservation of water resources. We employ measures to minimise the impact of droughts and floods, optimise the use of rainwater and surface water, maximise utilisation of effluents from palm oil mills, and minimise the impact of saltwater incursions and acidity levels.



We are monitoring our water usage for every tonne of fresh fruit bunch (FFB) processed at our mills. While our mill design ratio is 1:1 (1 MT FFB : 1 m3 water), an approximate 0.2 to 0.4m3 water is used for processing other than FFB (approximately 20%).

This has led to further investments and initiatives in this area to reduce water usage to a target of 1.0m3 per tonne of FFB produced by 2023. This translates to a cumulative reduction of 10-40% over five years. Whilst our operations in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are already operating at an average of 0.8m3 – 0.9m3, we are confident of effectively reducing our water intensity by implementing control measures on water usage at our mills.
 
Baseline Water Consumption Analysis

 
To further enhance our sustainability practices, we introduced new technologies for the efficient treatment of industrial wastewater in 2019 and 2020. Patent applications have been filed in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand on the process for treating palm oil mill effluent using electro oxidation means and in Malaysia on the process for treating vegetable oil refinery effluent using electro-oxidation means. These efforts have made significant inroads into reducing our energy and water footprint.

We treat providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation for our employees as a top priority. We ensure that periodic testing of water samples is conducted, and the samples taken from river systems has shown no significant water quality deterioration.
 
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