Okomu Oil Palm Company (OOPC) adheres to a strict zero burning policy, which is enforced by all means, agriculturally, economically and/or socially (see Clause 6.0 for Policy Exception). This is in line with OOPC's commitment to following environmentally friendly practices and is also in accordance with Socfin's Responsible Management policy and sustainability principles.
This policy is aimed towards combating air pollution and is a pledge by the company to actively assist government's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that have become a major factor in global climate changes.
This policy is applicable to all stakeholders actively engaged in OOPC's land clearing and preparation processes for all new developments as well as future replanting.
Zero burning: a method of land clearing whereby the tree stand is felled, shredded, stacked and/or left in situ to decompose naturally. Guidelines OOPC is committed to:
OOPC is committed to:
The following steps are to be taken to ensure proper implementation of this policy:
The management and staff shall be trained and made aware that the zero burn policy should be adhered to.
The Palm Agriculture Coordinator, Rubber Agriculture Coordinator and HSE Manager shall implement and monitor this policy
OOPC will consider burning only as a last resort for the control of diseases such as Fomes in rubber. In such cases, burning will be limited to root disease infected or susceptible areas. Pictorial evidence (prior to burning) of the infections and/or presence of predisposing factors such as heaps of vulnerable soft wood biomass will be collected to substantiate the need for minimal burning. Organic matter will be retained on the ground as much as possible. In the case of a change in land use, such as the replanting of rubber to oil palm and with due consideration to clause 4.5.4 of the Guidelines for Implementation of ASEAN Policy on Zero Burning, 2003, the incidence of rodents, pests like Oryctes and pathogens like Ganoderma will be checked. If there is any need for use of fire, a decision will be taken by all the management staff, responsible for implementing this policy, after weighing the pros and cons with sufficient documentation