Sustainability
   
 
   
Environment Policy

Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR)

      The company takes part in CSR or Corporate Social Responsibilities Program to ensure sustainable business development and pay close attention to current environmental conditions, community safety and also coordinate with relevant public and private agencies to help and assist society or those who are in need with utmost authenticity. Our aim is to cooperate and be accepted by the people from surrounding areas as part of their communities. This can help us with creating and also sustaining meaningful human relations with them well into the future.

      The business operation of the company covers both production operation and all other aspects. In order to create balance in terms of economics, environment and society, the company begins its mission from within the organization before attempting to expand it outwardly. All employees of the company are encouraged to regularly take part in assisting, cooperating, enhancing and organizing activities in order to realize and fulfill the program’s objectives.

      The company has participated in a variety of projects concerning with strengthening its industrial potentials, environmental development and sustainable social responsibility that were organized by the Department of Industrial Work. The company also devises a standard procedure of its own to act upon in pursuing and upholding Corporate Social Responsibilities programs. The standard consists of the following 7 main topics.

  1. Corporate Governance
  2. Human Rights             
  3. Labor Practice            
  4. Environment
  5. Fair Operation Practice
  6. Consumers Issues
  7. Community Involvement and Development

Internal Structure of the Organization

1) Project : Biogas Production Technology and Waste Water Management for the Preservation of Energy and Environment.

The company’s business operation involves employing CPO crushing mills and refinery plants. The company has comprehensive ranges of industrial agricultural business, with more than 35 years of business operation. And for a very long time, the major and recurring issue in the company business operation has always been waste water management. Polluted water resulting from the manufacturing process can cause serious environmental harms, generate health and hygiene pollutions such as bad odors and insect infestation. These can directly affect the surrounding communities and the production of the company as well as contribute or even exacerbate global warming situation as a result of the greenhouse gas emissions entailed in the production processes.

The company is aware of the environment and the use of natural resources to their maximum advantage and continue to focus our attention on environmental conservation and make sure that they remain in good conditions well into the future. In accordance with policies as determined by the Ministry of Industry, the company has set up biogas system which is an anaerobic waste water management system in our continued effort to conserve energy and preserve the environment. The biogas resulted from the waste water management process will be reused as a renewable source of energy in the production system of the company’s refinery plants. The construction to expand and modify the production system was first initiated in 2006 with phase 2 of the modification completed in 2014. This is to ensure that the production cycle of the company’s business operation can handle waste water resulted from production process as efficiently and as effectively as possible.

Project Objectives and Goals

It is to include biogas technology fermentation tank A+CSTRth (Appropriate  + Completely Stirred Tank Reactor, Thailand) and other related components to handle waste water from Palm Oil production process. It is also to produce biogas as another source of renewable energy and to reduce pollution caused by waste water and waste water treatment system of the plants. In general, the company’s objectives for biogas technology application in waste water management shall be elaborated as follows.

1.   To install biogas system with A+CSTRth and A+HCSRth fermentation tanks along with other applicable equipment in a water treatment system for waste water derived from fresh oil palm production which can reach up to 2,160 tons per day.

2.   To produce and use Biogas products of 40,000 cubic meters. 60% of Methane gas derived can be used as biomass renewable energy as well

3.   To produce electricity and distribute them. The approximate quantity required per day is 3.36 Mkh.

4.   To produce quality dry organic fertilizer for approximately 35 tons per day. The humidity of the produce shall range between 70-80%. They are to be used to improve soil materials components as chemicals-free fertilizer for Oil Palm plants within the company’s plantations.

5.   To produce water-based fertilizer of approximately 600-700 m3/day. They shall subsequently be used as fertilizer for the company’s agricultural products.

6.   To send treated and purified water to Animal Food Development Station.

7.   To reduce pollution problems especially those relating to odors, insect infestation and to ensure the commitment of the company to environmental conservation.

Technology Used in the Biogas Production

      Biogas technology is used in the company’s waste water management in palm oil production. Biogas fermentation tank technology, A + CSTRth (Completely Stirred Tank Reactor + Appropriate, Thailand), and A + UASBth (Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket, Thailand), A + HCSRth (Appropriate High Sludge Concentration, Reactor + Thailand), is the main water treatment technology which does not involve air as the main component to digest organic matters found in the contaminated water with high concentration of suspended matter and COD. With bacteria that can digest organic matter without air, the organic compounds with be transformed into biogas components which can then be collected and reused as another source of renewable energy within the production plant.

Waste water that has been treated via fermentation tanks from A+CSTRth, A+UASBth, and A+HCSRth values with reduced dirt in the form of COD for approximately 90 %. For sewage sludge from fermentation tanks, it is to be sent to filter out solid organic waste and can then be used as organic fertilizer. Treated water that goes through the filter will be passed over to even more advanced treatment system-in open pond system-in order to achieve proper quality of water that can be used as water-based fertilizer in future planting.

Benefits for the Production Plants

1.   The total production costs are reduced as a result of renewable biogas as a much cheaper substitute for fuel oil and other biomass.

2.   The technology and the products derived from it help with cost reduction. The company no longer rely too much on using chemical-based fertilizer. With our own capacity for organic fertilizers production both as dry and as water-based, it can cut down a significant part of the production costs.

3.   The application of the technology ensures better quality of life and overall health of the company’s employees.

4.   With the technology, the company can lower pollution problems and prevent insect infestation that might spread germs.

Benefits for Surrounding Communities

1.   The Biogas technology employed can help lowering insect infestation and other problems between communities with factories.

2.   The quality of life and mental health of the community shall be improved as well.

3.   Possible contamination natural water sources can be minimized, if not entirely eradicated.    

Benefits to the Environment         

1.   The technology helps with maintaining environmental quality by reducing air pollution in soil and in water and also limit water contamination problems to nature.

2.   The technology helps with the reduction of methane bass emissions to the atmosphere that is among the main contributing factors to global warming by using them as renewable energy sources

2.  Waste Water Pipelines to Animal Foods and Agriculture Center Project at Mhu 2, Khantasaphr Vilage, Tambol Salui, Ta-sae District, Chumporn Province.

          The objectives for this project are

1.   To send waste water that has gone through a final waste water treatment and filled with mineral nutrients to water Napier grass fields in Animal Food Development Station of Chumporn Province as animal food and as renewable energy.

2.   To send waste water that has gone through a final wastewater treatment to oil palm plantations of the farmers who live around the establishment. This shall reduce the production costs because the reduced use of chemical fertilizer and also help alleviating water shortage problems.

This project is a corporative attempt between three authorities, which are:

1.   Chumporn Palm Oil Industry Public Company Limited.

2.   Animal Food and Agriculture Development Center, Chumporn Province.

3.   Oil Palm Plantation Harvestors Mhu 2, Khantasaphr Vilage, Tambol Salui, Ta-sae District, Chumporn Province.

Routes for Pipelines Distributing Cleaned Waste Water

The water pipes for water undergone the water therapy and the product after the biogas production systems will be sent to Animal food Development Station of 2.8 km distance. Along the pipelines, there are 22 places where the water can be released into the oil palm plantation of the farmers in the area. This is an alternative to chemicals-based fertilizer. The pipelines end at Animal Food Development Station. The water send in the pipelines will be kept in 25 m³tank-2 of them and will be used by the center to water napier grass which is a high quality food source for animals, both in terms of productivity and nutrients it provide. Additionally, the napier grass can be used to produce energy as well. It is considered a type of biomass. The grass is high in organic fiber and humidity. It can be used to produce energy by burning after initial humidity reduction process. It can also be fermented to produce biogas or Methane gas.

In addition, the water that has gone through therapy is also released into Angola grass fields within the center. Angola grass is a main food source for cattle. At the present, it is relatively rare and can be very expensive because the relevant government agencies have not been encouraging farmers to grow them continuously and systematically.

At present, the company still sends treated water to the center with 22 distributing points for oil palm plantation in Kantasaphr Village, Mhu 2, Tambol Salui, Amphur Ta-sae. This service we provide to the surrounding community has continued to receive good response because our water management process does not harm but greatly benefit the daily life of the people within the community.

The company is still committed to conduct business while paying close attention to the importance to the environment. Corporate social responsibility will continue to be our long-termed goals which allow for sustainable development and peaceful community forever.

3. CPI Learning Center Project

To be successful in a palm plantation, good management is considered very important no less than selecting good varieties of the palm trees. The company aims, therefore, that farmers can manage their plantation knowingly and effectively. This is the very reason why in 2013, we established “CPI Learning Center” to help local farmers to learn more and comprehensively about palm oil production. The materials provided at the Center include publications, academic papers both by the company’s research and from acquired experience from working in the industry for more than 30 years in more than 20000 acres of oil palm plantation.  The Learning Center is located in Amphoe Ta-SAE of Chumphon province and it consists of a learning center building. Pathways that visitors can take to observe a variety of oil palm trees. At the center, we also exhibit common barn owls. The center has been opened from 2014 onwards. The services provided are free of charge.

4. Common Barn Owl Breedings Project (to eliminate pests in oil palm plantations.)

The company gives priority to the environment by providing a project center for bird breeding for farmers to get rid of rats in the oil palm plantations. This is to reduce the damage caused by a collapse on insects and pests population control without using chemicals, which would affect the ecological system. This project will help reduce the cost of using chemical substances and shall cause farmers to pay attention to and care more towards the natural, chemicals-free approach in dealing with pests and infestation. The company provides training courses for anyone who is interested from 2014 onwards.

Common Barn Owl is one of the local birds of Thailand. They are in every region throughout the country. They are nocturnal and often live near a human community. Normally, they use niche in a building, a nook or a roof space as their nests. Their preying behavior include catching preys in the open spaces like pasture fields, farm or especially in oil palm plantations. The mating period is often during the month of September to February. The number of eggs in each nests 5-7 eggs. The hatching takes about 30 days to hatch. Every day, the bird will incubate the laid eggs for 18 hours. During this time, male bird will be the one preying and bring in foods to the nests for both the mother and baby birds every day.

From our study of the birds’ spew around the nests, we found that common barn owl living in oil palm plantation areas often take wild rats as their favorite food source to almost 100%. From this discovery, we then calculate that the birds can eat on average 1-2 tons of wild rat a year ( or 350-700 rats). This large number of rats within plantation, if left alone, will induce loss to the palm production of more that 1.1-2.5 tons per acres, which amounts to 5500-12500 THB per acre per year (Fresh Oil Palm Fruits Branch at 5 THB/kg.) At the same time, farmers will have to pay for chemicals and other pests repellent products which will increase the production cost for more than 700-1400 THB per acre per year.

Community activities Participation in Chumporn Facotry in Year 2016.

Project: Oil Palm Planting to Pay for Student’s Lunches.

The company has provided money and seedlings of CPI Hybrid Oil Palm to be planted in a school area to support and cover costs of students’ lunches at Ban Thung Ria Marp Amarit School, Prachanikom School and Ban Kuring School in Amphoe Tha Sae in Chumporn Province.

Project : Community Relations

·       Attending village meetings in the nearby area every month in order to listen to the opinions and listen for problems that have occurred. This was done so the company can improve management strategies to limit potential affects that our business operation can have on the surrounding community.

·       Promoting and supporting local religious institutions. The company offered Lent candles to 9 Buddhist temples in the surrounding areas to allow the company’s employee too participate in the religious activities. The company also takes part in organizing Thot Kathin or the annual donation ceremony at Amphur Ta-sae, Chumporn.

·       Repair building at Po Ta Hin Chang Temple, Amphur Ta-sae, Chumporn.

·       Repair floor at Baan Mai Somboon school, Amphur Ta-sae, Chumporn.

·       Repair library at Thong see sied school, Prachuabkirikhan.

·       Building toilet for village near by factory area at Chumporn

·       Providing Soccer trophies for 8th Salui Cup Football Tournament to support sport activities of the youth that are going to grow and become important driving force for the society in the future.

·       Participating in Elders’ Day during Songkran festival in 2016 in Tambol Salui

·       Participating in local mangroves restoration activities because the company understands how important mangroves are in restoring the environment and improving the overall air and atmosphere within the areas. 

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