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Breaking down biomass

By: GAR Posted: June 2, 2017

Biofuels are gaining popularity as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels as they release fewer greenhouse gases.

Featured on CNBC as a two-part documentary, the video highlights GAR’s research facility, SMARTRI and its continuous efforts in producing sustainable palm oil for the world.

View here – Part 1 and Part 2.  

New oil palms promise highest CPO yields in industry

By: GAR Posted: May 26, 2017

SMART has announced cultivation of a palm planting material which will enable the company to increase oil yields to the highest level in the industry.

The materials – Eka 1 and Eka 2 – were developed in the company’s research centres and approved for cultivation by Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture on 21 April 2017.

Eka 1 and 2 have already attracted the interest of other players in the supply chain.

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Fire Prevention the Responsibility of All

By: Bambang Chriswanto Posted: January 26, 2017 Tags:

A collaborative, comprehensive and multi-stakeholder approach to fire prevention is key to the success of GAR’s long-term fire prevention strategy. As many as 17 villages – eight in West Kalimantan Province and nine in Jambi Province – were successful in preventing fires in their respective villages last year. They are determined to maintain their performance this year under an expanded programme called Desa Makmur Peduli Api. As a result of their commitment, these villages received incentives in the form of social infratructure aid from the Company. The communities will use the aid to to build schools, revamp public roads or renovate their community centres. GAR will continue to work with the central and regional governments to step up its fire prevention efforts in light of the uncertain weather conditions this year.

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Two of GAR’s business units received ISPO certifications

By: Wulan Suling Posted: December 13, 2016

GAR continues its sustainability journey with two new ISPO Certifications for their business units, namely PT Sinar Kencana Inti Perkasa and PT Bumi Sawit Permai. With these latest certifications, GAR closes out 2016 with a total of 30 mills and palm oil estates supplying fresh fruit bunches to the mills that have now been ISPO certified.  This represents the highest number of ISPO certifications being awarded in Indonesia for an integrated palm oil company with 182,296 hectares are now certified to ISPO as of December 2016. This is an important milestone on GAR’s overall sustainability journey as it provides assurances to its customers and stakeholders in regards to legality and compliance of its mills, estates, and entire supply chain. It also aids in the achievement of other internationally recognised sustainability standards like RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) and ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification).

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PT SMART In the News: Developing clean water project in Kapuas Hulu

By: GAR Posted: October 14, 2016

Over 1,000 residents of Mantan and Menapar Village in Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan will now have easy access to clean water following the completion and launch of a water supply system in PT Kartika Prima Cipta. It took about a year for the Company to complete the system which was built after assessing the needs of the community. This is part of our continued commitment to improve community welfare in areas where we operate.

Read more in this link.

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Vlog GAR in the News: “PT SMART hosts SMART SEED to improve sustainability practices”

By: GAR Posted: September 27, 2016

Last week, GAR held a workshop called SMART Seed for its suppliers in Medan, North Sumatera. The workshop, the second to be held this year, is part of the ongoing intensive engagement that GAR is carrying out with its suppliers to help them improve their sustainable practices.  The event brought together around 70 suppliers, government officials, NGOs and GAR’s Supplier Support Team to discuss getting ISPO certification and its role in sustainable palm oil.

See more in the video below by Tribunnews.

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