Golden Hope Plantations Berhad
In 1989, the Golden Hope Plantations Berhad group adopted a zerobum technique on four of the Golden Hope estates in Malaysia, over an area of approximately 600 hectares. This technique required old stands to be felled, shredded, pulverised and left to decompose in situ. No burning was carried out - in contrast to the conventional clearing system - and it has contributed to a clean air environment.
The zeroburn system has replenished soil organic matter and improved the soil's physical properties to enhance fertility. The zeroburn technique has since become a standard practice for all the Group's palm oil estates.