RECP assessment on palm oil mills (pabrik kelapa sawit or PKS) has reach to a phase of detailed assessment. Main focus was determined to each PKS based on the initial observation that has been done by national (trainee) experts of RECP (or NE). In this phase, the problem is identified deeper to find root causes, and then improvement options need to be generated to solve the root causes. Estimation of cost and saving of implementing the improvement options is also required. In order to find the root causes, the improvement options, and the estimation of cost and saving, CRECPI team collaborates with an independent expert on PKS sector, Prof. Dr. Ponten M. Naibaho.

Together with Ponten Naibaho, discussion of the initial observations of each PKS resulted on the further action needs to be taken to get the more detailed data, the root causes of the observation were found, also the possible improvement options were chosen and agreed with the industries. This discussion was held on 20-24 June 2016, combined with the discussion and visit to PKS Rambutan, PKS Pagar Merbau, and PKS Adolina. The discussion in PKS Pagar Merbau was also participated by other PKS under PTPN 2, i.e: PKS Sawit Sebrang (RECP pilot company), PKS Kwala Sawit, and PKS Sawit Hulu.

RECP team paid a visit to PKS Bangun Bandar under PT. Socfin in Dolok Masihul as a benchmark visit since they have a good plant performance index compared to other PKS in general. Several practices that increase the resource efficiency and waste minimization are implemented. The occupational health and safety is also considered.

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