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ILUC factors and palm oil yields: Resolving an apparent contradiction

Farmers and other biofuel stakeholders sometimes express disbelief in the magnitude of indirect land use change (ILUC) emissions that researchers say is associated with palm oil biodiesel. For...Palm plantations have a much higher yield of vegetable oil per hectare compared to rapeseed and other oil crops. How can the ILUC emissions for palm oil biodiesel be so much higher than for those...
Published 2018.05.31: Blog Post

A Guide for the Perplexed to the Indirect Effects of Biofuels Production

Over the past decade, the concept of indirect land use change (ILUC) has come from obscurity to become a primary concern for biofuels policy. In the U.S., the Renewable Fuel Standard and California's...
Published 2014.09.04: Publication

Is the Renewable Fuel Standard inadvertently driving up U.S. palm oil imports?

If you’re reading this on your lunch break, take a look at the ingredients label on your cookies. Chances are you’ll see one or a combination of soybean oil, palm oil, and canola oil, perhaps...About a third of all U.S. soybean oil goes into biodiesel that the RFS requires to be blended into diesel fuel. That's soybean oil that's no longer available to use in food products, leading to...
Published 2014.09.02: Blog Post

EPA Palm Oil Pathway Notice of Data Availability

Comments re. the EPA’s initial analysis of the carbon intensity of palm oil biodiesel production, submitted 27 April 2012. View on Scribd Download the PDF.
Published 2012.04.27: News

GCB Bioenergy paper: Extent of industrial plantations on Southeast Asian peatlands in 2010 with analysis of historical expansion and future projections

Indonesia and Malaysia are the two dominant suppliers of palm oil. Palm oil, the world's most productive vegetable oil crop (in terms of production of oil per hectare), has been referred to as the...Study by CRISP, Deltares, ICCT and the University of Leicester shows that the rate of expansion of palm plantations onto peatlands has accelerated from 1990 to 2010.
Published 2012.04.10: Blog Post

Historical Analysis and Projection of Oil Palm Plantation Expansion on Peatland in Southeast Asia

This study demonstrates that the area of industrial oil palm (OP) plantations in the peatlands of insular Southeast Asia (Malaysia and Indonesia, except the Papua Provinces) has increased drastically...
Published 2012.02.22: Publication

Review of peat surface greenhouse gas emissions from oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia

Growth in palm oil production has been a key component of meeting growing global demand for vegetable oil, including for biodiesel, over recent decades. This growth has been accompanied by mounting...
Published 2011.10.04: Publication