Journal of Oil Palm Research Vol. 25  2013 December p.  343-347
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Determination of Life Cycle Inventory and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for a Selected Oil Palm Nursery in Malaysia: A Case Study

Author(s): HALIMAH, M*; TAN, Y A*; NIK SASHA, K K*; ZURIATI, Z**; RAWAIDA, A I‡ and CHOO, Y M

A case study on a gate-to-gate life cycle assess­ment (LCA) start­ing from the deliv­ery of ger­mi­nated seeds to the pro­duc­tion of oil palm seedling in an oil palm nurs­ery was car­ried out. The oil palm nurs­ery, located in Selan­gor and licensed by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) was selected for this study. One oil palm seedling was the defined func­tional unit. The envi­ron­men­tal impact from activ­i­ties in the nurs­ery were deter­mined from the input and out­put into and from the pro­cess­ing steps in the nurs­ery. The LCA study was con­ducted in accor­dance with the pro­ce­dural frame­work ISO 14040 – 14044 series of the Inter­na­tional Organ­i­sa­tion of Stan­dard­i­s­a­tion (ISO). The pur­pose of the study was to obtain a life cycle inven­tory (LCI) of input and out­put asso­ci­ated with the pro­duc­tion of one oil palm seedling and to pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive pic­ture of the envi­ron­men­tal impact asso­ci­ated with pro­duc­tion of one oil palm seedling in the nurs­ery, by apply­ing the LCA method­ol­ogy. Inven­tory data col­lec­tion con­sists of the input of raw mate­ri­als and energy such as poly­bags, fer­tilis­ers, pes­ti­cides, diesel, pipes and petrol for trans­porta­tion and irri­ga­tion. Real time mea­sure­ment of gas and green­house gas (GHG) emis­sions from the pump for irri­ga­tion in the nurs­ery was also car­ried out. The results show that the LCA method­ol­ogy is suit­able for assess­ing the envi­ron­men­tal impact asso­ci­ated with oil palm seedling production.

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Author Information
* Malaysian Palm Oil Board, 6 Persiaran Institusi, Bandar Baru Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.
E-mail: halimah@mpob.gov.my

** Malaysia-Japanese International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Jalan Semarak, 54100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

‡ School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.


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