Palm Oil

Palm oil has been the subject of much criticism and debate for many years: firstly because tropical rainforests are being cleared for palm oil production, threatening biodiversity, and secondly because in many cases the inhabitants are being driven off their land. The situation has worsened since palm oil has been used not only for food but also for bioenergy production.

For more than 10 years we have been developing recommendations for a number of different actors on how palm oil can be produced more sustainably in the future – for the German government, the WWF, the European Commission, UNEP and the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, among others.




COSMOS aims at reducing the dependence on imported coconut and palm kernel oils and fatty acids and on castor oil as sources for medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA, C10–C14) and medium-chain polymer…

Wissenschaftliche Studie

Ecological Effects of using Palm Oil as a Source of Energy

In this project, ifeu analysed the ecological effects of the use of palm oil as a source of energy and identified optimization potenatial.

Wissenschaftliche Studie

Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment of Stationary Energetic Use of Imported Biofuels: The Case of Palm Oil

The study analyses the characteristics of palm oil, possibilities of using it for energy as well as the environmental, economic and social consequences thereof.