Wilmar monitors its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is constantly looking for ways to reduce its carbon footprint in our plantation and industrial operations. We constantly strive to adopt best practices to reduce the carbon footprint in our palm oil mill operations. This is demonstrated in our ongoing plans to build methane capture facilities for a number of our palm oil mills.

We are committed to continually reduce our GHG emission arising from methane emission from palm oil mill effluent (POME) in our palm oil mills in Indonesia and Malaysia with the set-up of methane capture facilities. The recovered biogas will be used mainly for power generation.

An operational methane capture facility can potentially reduce a palm oil mill’s GHG emission by 90%.

Our mills also make use of biomass to generate electricity, including agricultural wastes such as empty fruit bunches, tree fronds from the plantations and by-products from mills like shells and mill fibre. This, together with our power generated from biogas recovered by our methane capture facilities, helps to cut down our consumption of fossil fuels, by reducing our dependence on electricity from the national and local grids, as well as diesel-fired plant generators.

Wilmar participated in three of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) programmes: Climate Change, Supply Chain and Forests, with a specific focus on our palm operations in Indonesia and Malaysia. With the support of more than 800 institutional investors, CDP encourages corporations and cities to measure and disclose their carbon emissions information, thereby providing opportunities for better management of environmental risk.

Unit emissions per products (tCO2e/MT)
Plantations 87.1 tCO2e/MT FFB
Mills 500 tCO2e/MT CPO
Refineries 58 tCO2e/MT refined oil (RBDPO+PFAD)*
Biodiesel plant 474.5 tCO2e/MT biodiesel

* RBDPO – Refined Bleached Deodorised Palm Oil; PFAD – Palm Fatty-Acid Distillates