Glenealy Plantations is committed to undertaking the integrated High Conservation Value (HCV) – High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) assessment in any new development areas, and there will be no development in any identified HCV and HCS areas. All HCV and HCS areas identified through HCV-HCSA assessment in a new development if any, will be protected and managed. Glenealy Plantations practice a strict No Open Burning policy in the entire operation including new development or replanting.
Stream within oil palm plantation (jelalong)
Glenealy Plantations has no existing plantings on peat and committed to no new development in peat area regardless of depth. If any existing oil palm developed on peat prior to 31st December 2015 were to come under the Glenealy Plantations management in the future, these areas will be managed following RSPO BMPs for existing oil palm cultivation on peat.
As part of Glenealy Plantations’s effort to protect the biodiversity and natural habitat areas, we conserve riparian buffer zones, steep slope areas and identified high biodiversity areas (HBV) within our oil palm plantations.
The riparian buffer zones within existing oil palm plantation are demarcated with signages to prohibit the application of chemical fertilizer, chemical spraying and other dos and don’ts. No planting on steep slope areas and existing vegetation will be preserved and planted with more native species for erosion control. HBV areas also been identified with the placement of signages to avoid unauthorized encroachment and to preserve the ecology.
Signage of prohibited activities (e.g. hunting) at HBV area as 1 Jan 2019
Signage of prohibited activities (application of chemical) near river buffer zone as 1 Jan 2019
Among the efforts Glenealy Plantations is taking to reduce GHG and waste in its plantation and milling operations are reducing the application of inorganic fertilizers with the use of compost and reducing fossil fuel by substitution with biomass.
In addition, as part of the contribution to minimize pollution, company is adhering to “Zero Open Burning” policy which include the prohibition of domestic waste burning. All the scheduled waste is disposed by licensed contractor besides internally promoting 3R campaign; reduce, reuse and recycle as part of the waste management program.
The establishment of composting plant at Timora Palm Oil Mill (Sabah) which commenced its operation from 1st January 2020 is part of our effort to reduce POME’s BOD level before discharging into the water course.
The Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB), composting process utilizes approximately 60%~70% of the POME generated thereby reducing the methane gas emission during the POME treatment process.