Keywords: oil palm, oil crops, LCA GHG reduction, green biofuels, climate change, deforestation, CO2 emissions, CO2 sequestration, carbon emissions, carbon sequestration, carbon dioxide, palm oil, palm biodiesel, fossil fuels
Mitigating climate change through oil palm cultivation
Oil palm requires 7-11 times less land area than soyabean, rapeseed and sunflower to produce the same amount of oil. Therefore, the use of palm oil for food and biofuel, has saved 97-159 million ha of land from being deforested for cultivation with lower yielding oil crops. This has avoided 27-45 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2-e) emissions. Oil palm also sequesters eight times more CO2 than soyabean. As a biofuel, the use of palm biodiesel results in 62-82% Life Cycle Analysis Greenhouse Gas (LCA GHG) reduction when compared with fossil fuel.