ENERGY AND RENEWABLE RESOURCES
The Group continues to monitor the usage of non-renewable sources for energy production to ensure efficient utilisation.
Fibre and shell are recycled to generate reversible energy to power our mills via our boilers at both Kemaman and Sungai Tong mills. The biomass reversible energy represents 95% of our mills energy requirements.
For renewable energy, TDM plans to build two biogas plants to capture methane produced in our mills and convert it into electricity via biogas trapping facilities. This renewable energy will be used for our mill operations and will supply electricity to national electric grids. The electricity generated at the biogas plant can then be sold to Tenaga Nasional Berhad under the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) scheme.
This initiative has multiple benefits which include job creation and environmentally- friendly low-cost energy production as well as an additional sustainable income to the Group. Two biogas plants are projected to be commissioned in our palm oil mills located in Kemaman and Sungai Tong in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Sustainability of the Planet
On the healthcare front, the nature of a hospital’s activities would inevitably result in high electricity consumption patterns, to serve the needs of patients, employees and visitors, within a facility which is open 24/7.
In a typical hospital, sophisticated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are installed to control temperatures and air flow. Other energy intensive activities occur in attending to laundry, medical and lab equipment use, sterilisation, computer and server use, food service and refrigeration.
To reduce this high consumption, the Group has implemented measures to increase the energy efficiency at our hospitals, in order to improve our bottom line and free up funds to invest in new technologies and improve patient care. We regularly run campaigns to increase employee awareness on energy efficiency and electricity saving initiatives.
MANAGING OUR EMISSIONS
The Group emphasises on continual monitoring and managing GHG emissions, based on available data and information from the operating units. The emissions are measured using the RSPO GHG Calculator V4 and the data is annually audited and certified by the appointed Certification Body.
TDM Plantation Division’s emission comes directly under Scope 1 (direct emissions) as per the graph below.
In the reporting year, the Group generated about 0.86 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, tCO2-e. (2017: 2.47 tCO2-e). This constitutes a 65% reduction in Scope 1 emissions. The GHG measurements, are based for the two palm oil mills in Kemaman and Sungai Tong only.