PalmGHG, the RSPO greenhouse gas calculator for oil palm products

Abstract : The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a non-profit association promoting sustainable palm oil through a voluntary certi-fication scheme. Two successive science-based working groups on greenhouse gas (GHG) have been active in RSPO between 2009-2011, with the aim of identifying ways leading to meaningful and verifiable reduction of GHG emissions. One of the outputs is PalmGHG, a GHG calculator using the LCA approach to quantify the major sources of emission and sequestration for a mill and its supply base. A pilot study was carried out in 2011 on nine RSPO companies. Results gave an average of 1.03 t CO2e/t crude palm oil, with a wide range of -0.07 to +2.46 t CO2e/t CPO. Previous land use and area under peat were the main causes of the variation. Further modifications to PalmGHG are being made, notably to amend default values and upgrade it to a user-friendly software.
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Cécile Bessou, Laurence Chase, Ian Henson, Amir F.N. Abdul-Manan, Llorenç Milà-I-Canals, et al.. PalmGHG, the RSPO greenhouse gas calculator for oil palm products. 8th International Conference on LCA in the Agri-Food Sector, Oct 2012, Saint-Malo, France. pp.498-504. ⟨cirad-00771650⟩

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