Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) production in Indonesia: carbon footprint and diversification options

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Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) production in Indonesia: carbon footprint and diversification options

Promovendus Ni'matul Khasanah
Copromotor dr.ir. MA (Maja) Slingerland
Copromotor prof. dr. M van Noordwijk
Organisatie Wageningen University, Plant Production Systems
Datum

di 9 april 2019 11:00 tot 12:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Summary

Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) is a uniquely valuable palm as source of low-cost vegetable oil. However, the success and method of its expansion (monoculture plantation) especially in biodiversity-rich Indonesia and Malaysia have made it one of the most controversial crops of the world. One of the policy consequences of the boycotts and debate is the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) of European countries, defining binding targets for the emission savings to be achieved when vegetable oils are used as feedstock for biofuel. Exporting countries such as Indonesia need to have reliable data on the carbon footprint of their product across production systems and the products’ lifecycle. Diversification of oil palm plantations starts to gain attention as a strategy to increase farmer resilience. This thesis presents the carbon footprint of palm oil production in Indonesia and explores intensification and diversification (intercropping) as strategies to increase farmer resilience and reduce the carbon footprint.