The strength of REA’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions is demonstrated by the material capital investment made to install methane capture facilities at the group’s two longest established palm oil mills.
Whilst the GHG emissions associated with the treatment of POME remains the second largest component of the group’s 2014 carbon footprint, a 50% reduction has been achieved since the methane capture facilities were commissioned in 2012. This is due to a total reduction of 146,000 tCO2eq in the GHG emissions associated with the treatment of POME produced by the two mills with methane capture facilities (POM and COM) and despite the inclusion within the scope of the carbon footprint since 2013 of third mill which does not yet have a methane capture facility (SOM).
Perhaps even more remarkable than the GHG emissions savings achieved by the methane capture facilities is the fact that they also generate enough electricity to power all of the group’s mills and the majority of the operational and domestic buildings. Whereas in 2011 REAK and SYB used nearly 2.8 million litres of diesel to power electricity generators, this was reduced to 460,000 litres in 2014 as a result of the production of over 18,500 megawatt hours of renewable electricity by the two methane capture facilities. Considering that the electricity demand of the REAK and SYB operations has increased since 2011, diesel savings due to the installation of the methane capture facilities are estimated to be well in excess of 2.3 million litres of diesel per year. This represents a significant reduction to both the group’s cost of production and its GHG emissions.
Renewable and non-renewable energy consumption by REAK and SYB's operations 2011 - 2014