“Great Giant Pineapple has already reduced its Non Renewable Energy Coal and Heavy Fuel Oil consumption (for starch drying) by 8 percent and “100 percent and is aiming for further reduction by 2020. ”
PT Great Giant Pineapple (GGP) in an integrated pineapple plantation and factory which was established in 1984 and registered in Indonesia. Understanding fully that any production activity will result in some environmental impact, GGP put into place green processes as soon as the company incepted, making waste management a part of its sustainability strategy. The objective for sustainability in waste management is to produce zero waste.
A sustainability strategy in place means GGP manages risk, meets compliance and regulation standards and also encourages competitiveness and innovation. Its initiative in treating waste water by combining liquid waste water from pineapple and tapioca factories to produce biogas as a renewable energy source which replaces fossil fuel has now become an opportunity to produce something environmentally friendly which also adds value to the company.
GGP is implementing Environment Management System ISO
14001 :2004 and was certified in July 2006. It considers its sustainability initiatives part of a holistic process, and not a
one-time activity. Fittingly, GGP has undertaken several sustainability initiatives. Its ‘Waste to Energy or Worth Project’ treats liquid waste from factories using an anaerobic UASB (Up-flow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket) system and converts the liquid waste into renewable energy called bio gas. The bio gas is used to partly substitute coal consumption by coal power plants which generate steam and power for factories, replacing Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) for tapioca starch drying.
Bio gas as a renewable energy source is more environmentally friendly compared to coal and HFO. The company’s bio gas plant is the first one in the world to combine waste water from pineapple and tapioca factories. It is also the first in the pineapple industry to use the anaerobic UASB (Up-flow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket) system which produces higher bio gas yield (COD removal
90 percent) and methane gas content (60 – 65 percent). The utilization of bio gas from liquid waste water in steam and electric production is also considered the first of its kind in Indonesia.
As a Green company GGP holds EMS ISO 14001: 2004, has started to implement EnMS ISO 50001 and will do certification by end of 2015, Rain Forest Alliance, Good Agriculture Practices, and OHSAS certifications. The environmental awards have given credence to GGP as an environmentally concerned corporation, with the public being made aware of the company’s initiatives and some clients preferring to do business with GGP specifically because of its green processes and Traceability Quality Management.
Believing that environmental sustainability is achievable for both small and large companies, GGP measures the results of its green policies on set green parameters such as the COM methodology for measuring the results of waste water treatment.
The pineapple plantation not only uses solid compost as organic fertilizer, but also utilizes Liquid Organic Bio-fertilizer (LOB) to maintain soil health and fertility. LOB is organic fertilizer in liquid form that contains Rhyzo-bacteria and produces natural plant growth regulators to promote plant growth. The combination of this compost and liquid organic fertilizer used in GPP’s pineapple plantation can be considered a first in large scale pineapple plantations. GGP is also the first company in Indonesia to build a very large scale, modern organic fertilizer plant, using different systems when turning the compost.
Applying organic fertilizers
(compost and LOB), improves soil structure, leading to better root growth and distribution. It also increases Cationic Exchangeable Capacity (CEC), leading to better nutrient absorption by the roots. The increased water retention of this process allows plants to utilize water more efficiently in the dry season, while increasing soil biodiversity and nutrients.
The use of organic fertilizer reduces the use of chemical fertilizers, making the entire process more environmentally friendly. GGP has already reduced its chemical fertilizer consumption by 10 percent and is aiming for a 40 percent reduction by 2020.
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